New Delhi, Jan 31: Skywatchers will get a rare chance of viewing Super Blue Blood Moon, the first Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan of 2018 today. Super Blue Blood Moon appears when a Blue Moon, a total Lunar Eclipse and a Supermoon occur at the same time. NASA TV will host live streaming of the Super Blue Blood Moon. Click here to watch the online telecast of Lunar Eclipse, Supermoon and Blue Moon on NASA TV. (ALSO READ: Super Blue Blood Moon 2018: Facts vs Myths on Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan)
In India, Super Blue Blood Moon will be visible for the people of north-East between 4:21 pm and 5:18 pm IST. Rest of India will get a chance to witness the celestial event between 5:18 pm IST and 6:21 pm IST. The west coast and parts of Rajasthan will see the celestial event from 6:21 pm IST to 7:37 pm IST. The eclipse will be completely over by 9:38 pm when the Moon will exit the Earth’s shadow entirely.
This Lunar Eclipse, known as Chandra Grahan in Hindi, is special because a supermoon (appears larger than usual in its perigee), Blue Moon (second full Moon of the month) and blood Moon (appears red during an eclipse) will all coincide at once. A total eclipse of the Moon will occur from about 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The Moon will be plunged into darkness for 1 hour and 16 minutes (in Full Eclipse phase), in a deep total eclipse, said SPACE India, a start-up focused on astronomy education and astro-tourism services.
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The rare spectacle is said to be occurring for the first time since 1982 when a Blue Moon and total lunar eclipse together was last visible in India. The moon has an elliptical orbit, and during its revolution around the earth, it gets closest to us at one point — known as perigee.