The eclipse, including the penumbral eclipse, will last for over five hours. Image credit: NASA
On the last day of January 2018, an extremely rare astronomical phenomenon will occur. The ‘super blue blood moon’ lunar eclipse will grace western North America as well as the Pacific to eastern Asia. This event hasn’t occurred in over 150 years and is definitely worthy of setting an alarm to watch, assuming the weather allows.
The super blue blood moon is an accumulation of relatively uncommon astronomical events. It consists of a ‘super moon’, which is when the Moon is at its closest approach to Earth – also known as its perigee – making it appear roughly 14 per cent brighter. Another constituent aspect is that it’s a ‘blue moon’, which is the name given to the second full moon in a calendar month. In the regions of the world that will experience a lunar eclipse, there will also be the development of a ‘blood moon’, which is when the Moon enters the shadow of Earth and gains a reddish tint.
“Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish,” says Gordon Johnston, program ...