Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Witness “The Rare Lunar Eclipse - Super Blue Blood Moon” Today!

A rare celestial phenomenon will occur today as blue moon, super moon and blood moon coincide on a total lunar eclipse day, also called "Chandra Grahanam". Today will be the first lunar eclipse of the year and will be second full moon in the month. This is called "Blue Moon". In addition, the moon will appear crimson in colour. During total lunar eclipse, when the moon gets shadowed by earth, the sunlight passes through the earth's atmosphere and breaks down. The red part of the sunlight gets least refracted, giving moon the tinge of orangish-red. This is called "Blood Moon". Further, when the eclipse happens, the moon will be close to earth by 60,000 km against the average distance between the moon and the earth. It will appear brighter and bigger. This is called "supermoon". The rare spectacle today has been coined as "Super Blue Blood Moon" by NASA, as "Supermoon", "Blood Moon" and "Blue Moon" will coincide on a total lunar eclipse day. This phenomenon will be visible in large parts of the world; that is in USA, Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia. The rare lunar eclipse will appear for the first time in over 150 years.
In our country (India), the eclipse will commence at 5.18 pm. The duration of the total lunar eclipse will be 76 minutes and it would start at 6.21 pm today and will be visible till 7.37 pm. The partial eclipse will end at 8:41 pm. The duration of the total eclipse will be 1 hour 16 minutes.
Don't forget to witness the rare "Super Blue Blood Moon" today!

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