Lunar eclipse 2018, Super Blue Blood Moon India date and time: It will be a rare celestial event tonight! The ‘super blood blue moon’, a cosmic event which hasn’t been seen in the last 36 years might appear in some parts of western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Australia on January 31. There is also a strong buzz around lunar eclipse in India because it combines with three unusual lunar events – an extra big super moon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse. This is a rare trifecta of lunar events. The lunar eclipse in India will be seen on the same date as in other parts of the world. This full moon is also the third in a series of “supermoons,” which happen when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.
What is Blue moon?
A blue moon refers to the second full moon in a month. It appears every two years and eight months. On this day, the earth’s permanent natural satellite, moon, also comes 90 per cent closer, appearing 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger, thus making it a ‘super moon’, a term coined in 1979. As it will be in the earth’s shadow during that time, it will also wear a tinge of red. “That red light you see is sunlight that has skimmed and bent through Earth’s atmosphere and continued on through space to the moon,” said Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine.
Is Lunar Eclipse rare?
A lunar eclipse is not a rare phenomenon but it’s rare that it also happens to be a blue moon. According to Sky and Telescope magazine, “the last time a complete lunar cover-up took place on the second full moon of the month was December 30, 1982, at least as reckoned by local time in Europe, Africa, and western Asia – locations where the event could be seen.”
Those wanting to see the lunar eclipse in India should look for it in the evening at the time when the moon rises. The alignment of the sun, moon and Earth will last one hour and 16 minutes, visible before dawn across the western United States and Canada. Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear.
Lunar eclipses during a supermoon happen rather regularly. The last one was in September 2015. Lunar eclipses occur at least twice a year. Supermoons can happen four to six times a year.