New Delhi, Jan 31: Super Blue Blood Moon, the first lunar eclipse of 2018, will appear today on January 31. Stargazers in India will also get a rare chance of viewing Super Blue Blood Moon. A Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon will appear at the same time, giving skywatchers a rare glimpse of Super Blue Blood Moon. It is also referred to as a Blue Moon as there is only one full moon per calendar month. The celestial event will start at 5:15 pm. (Watch: Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 Live Streaming on NASA TV Here)Also Read - Don't Need Lessons From 'Failed State': India Hits Out at Pak, OIC For Raising Kashmir Issue at UNHRC
A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and appears about 14 percent brighter than usual. As the second full moon of the month, this moon is also commonly known as a Blue Moon, though it will not be blue in appearance. The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow and take on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and a full moon form a near-perfect lineup in space. The total phase of the eclipse will last 1 hour and 16 minutes. Also Read - Ease Travel Restrictions: India Urges Australia to Address Difficulties Being Faced by Its Students
You can get live updates and watch live streaming of Super Blue Blood Moon on NASA TV. In India, the Nehru Planetarium at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Mumbai will organise an event, “A moonrise in Eclipse!” to help the stargazers watch the Super Blue Blood Moon. SPACE India, a start-up focused on astronomy education and astro-tourism services, said it would also organise events to observe the phenomenon at various locations across India, including at India Gate. Also Read - Young People More Vulnerable to Heart Diseases in India, Says Study
Apart from offering a rare moonrise sight, the eclipse will give researchers a chance to see what happens when the surface of the moon cools quickly, helping them to understand some of the characteristics of the regolith — the mixture of soil and loose rocks on the surface — and how it changes over time, said an IANS report.