Nugget of Knowledge: Blood, Blue and Super Moon!

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The moon will also enter the Earth's shadow, causing a lunar eclipse.

A rare total lunar eclipse is set to take place on January 31 for the first time in over 150 years. It would be a collision of multiple lunar events as there would be a total lunar eclipse which will happen when the earth passes between the sun and moon blocking sunlight from reaching the moon. Supermoon, blood moon and a blue moon are three completely different phenomena that just happen to be occurring simultaneously - and again, that's what makes the night so special. The combinations of the three events - supermoon, blue moon and blood moon - was last witnessed on March 31, 1866. This discrepancy is because of differences in time zones around the world. The supermoon appears 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter.

Prepare for complete lunacy come January 31, 2018.

Blue moon: Won't be blue in colour, as it refers to the second full moon of the month - a rare occurrence - which happens once in every two years and eight months. The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in ideal alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow, says NASA.

There is usually only one full moon in each calendar month.

The moon will appear orangish and can also look deep red.

And a blood moon is more accurately known as a total lunar eclipse. Our closest neighbor will spread its magic on January 31.

The best viewing times for the eclipse are in the evening; first at 7:48 pm for an partial eclipse, then at 8:51 pm for the full eclipse. No special equipment is required to view super blue blood moon eclipse, however, it would be helpful to have binoculars or a telescope for close viewing. The partial eclipse will end at 11.11pm.



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