Publicado: Jue, Enero 25, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

See why NASA is calling next week's supermoon 'extra special'

See why NASA is calling next week's supermoon 'extra special'

A blood moon is just another way to describe a total lunar eclipse, and though you could wait until the blood moon 2018 to see exactly why, we'll explain.

Astronomers and sky-watchers in particular are eagerly awaiting the night of January 31 when they will be able to observe an uncommon, yet spectacular celestial event in the night sky, which is dubbed a super blue blood moon.

January's first full moon occurred Jan. 1. Usually a full moon has no eclipse because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the sun do. "The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east".

An eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up perfectly with the sun and the moon, casting a shadow that blocks the sun.

It will also be a blue moon because it's the second full moon in the calendar month.

The moon will not be blue for people in Asia and eastern Australia because the moon will not be considered full until February 1. The last time a total lunar eclipse was visible from Taiwan was April 4, 2015, according to the CWB, which added that the next one visible in Taiwan will occur on September 7, 2025.

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NASA has a very scientific not-at-all scary explanation for the crimson or copper hue you might see that night. The duration of this rare sight will last for 76 minutes.

Claimed to have been last witnessed over 150 years ago on March 31, 1866, the skies will surely be a treat for sore eyes with the super blue blood moon!

Blue moons occur about once every 2.7 years, according to Space.com, so they aren't almost as rare as one might think.

But don't expect to see a blue colored moon in the sky.

The partial lunar eclipse will begin at 4:21 pm, turning into a total eclipse at 6:21 pm.

"These studies will help us tell the story of how impacts large and small are changing the surface of the Moon over geological time", Petro said. It isn't until 6:48 a.m. EST that the darker piece of Earth's shadow will start to cover the moon and make the crimson tint - and the moon will set not as much as a half-hour later, as indicated by the announcement. The moon will appear to be a red color around 6:15 a.m. CT, and the view will remain until 7 a.m. CT when the sun rises, according to NASA.

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