Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Scientists Will Study Moon's Surface During The Lunar Eclipse

Scientists Will Study Moon's Surface During The Lunar Eclipse

The last Blue Moon total lunar eclipse visible from India was in 1963 and the next one will be in 2028, said a press release.

Blue: Coinciding with this "supermoon" is the fact that this is the second full moon in January, known as a "blue moon". And basically, as this happens, light from the sun bounces off Earth and onto the moon making it appear a reddish-yellow color. This winter has already seen the geminid and quadrantid meteor showers sparkle, an interstellar object visit and meteorites rain over MI.

Usually, during a full moon, no lunar eclipse is observed since the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth, and the sun does. A full moon that happens near perigee is by some. The eclipse on a full moon is a spectacular moment as the moon is entirely in Earth's shadow, while partial light, from Earth's sunrises and sunsets, falls on the surface of the moon.

However, the difference might be small to the naked eye. The moon that night will be not only a blood moon - don't worry, we're getting to what exactly this is soon - but also a blue moon and a supermoon.

But we have good news for everyone hoping to catch the blood moon 2018: The super blue blood moon can be seen from anywhere as long as it's nighttime. The closer the moon is to the horizon, the larger it looks.

The total eclipse duration visible from Kozhikode is 3 hours and 13 minutes. The only other blue moon for 2018 will happen in March - March 1 and March 31, to be exact.

Blue moon is called a full moon, which happens at an unusual time, or an extra full moon within the year. Supposedly the blood moon enhances these effects, but there's no evidence to back up either claim. While covered by the Earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse, the moon reflects refracted sunlight that makes the surface appear burnt red in the Earth's sky. At the peak of daytime on the moon, it is about 100 degrees Celsius, hot enough to boil water just by leaving it out.

"So your best open door on the off chance that you live in the East is to head outside around 6:45 a.m. [EST] and get to a high place to watch the begin of the overshadowing - ensure you have a reasonable observable pathway to the skyline in the west-northwest, inverse from where the sun will rise", Johnston said.

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