Super Blue Blood Moon to occur on January 31, 2017

Super Blue Blood Moon

On 31 January,  skies will be red and the moon will be get hidden on earth. 31 January is super blue blood moon day. Super blue blood moon will be visible in the western part of North America, Alaska, and the Hawaiian islands. In India, Bangalore is the viewpoint of this.

This news was reported by Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Set your alarm early and go out and take a look,” said by Johnston.

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January 31st is full moon is special because there are three separate events occurring on the same day:

First is Super moons means when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual.

Second is Blue moon means the moon will be a full moon at that time. The third is an eclipse in which the super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse.

This lunar eclipse is also called “Blood Moon” because Moon will give a reddish tint when moon is in the Earth’s shadow.

The eclipse will be visible in countries like North America, Alaska, or Hawaii before sunrise on January 31st. Countries in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the “super blue blood moon” can be seen during moon rise in the morning on the 31st.

A Super moon is also called Perigee because the moon is closest to Earth and appears 14% larger than usual.

By this unusual and rare phenomena, skies will be Blood Moon. The Earth’s satellite will be in the deep red in color during an eclipse. It is being said that the blood moon will show us that how much we’ve polluted the earth’s atmosphere, to make it deep red in color. On the other hand its also being said by the astronomer that Moon is red in color during all eclipses and that only the shade differs.

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“It is a bit of a hype actually. There is nothing really special. All lunar eclipses, depending on the dust the atmosphere has can make the Moon look in faint red to deep red. Deep red is only a grim reminder that there are more dust particles in the atmosphere.” Said by HR Madhusudan, senior scientific officer, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.

He also added that the Moon should not be visible during an eclipse because it would have come in the Earth’s shadow region, and its very well known that anything in the shadow region should not be visible.  You see reddish color instead of black because of scattering of light by earth atmosphere. He also explains that this is the reason why the rising and setting Sun appears red.

Astronomer TS Ganesh said that after 150 years, people are able to see this phenomenon in India while it has been seen at 1982 and 1963 in other parts of the world.

Aryabhatta in early 576 AD discovered blood moon and brightness of the moon is reduced due to a shadow of the earth, while atmosphere act like a protective filter as the atmosphere scatter the sunlight, letting through only the orange or red portion of the spectrum. Blood red generally appears when our atmosphere is a highly polluted atmosphere.

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A Super moon is when the Moon is at perigee. Blue Moon is the second full Moon of a month, which is very rare as normally it happens only once a month. The most recent occurrence of a Super moon coinciding with a Lunar eclipse was on 28th September 2015.



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