World to witness once in a lifetime ‘Super Moon’ sighting on Wednesday


  • World to witness once in a lifetime ‘Super Moon’ sighting on Wednesday
31-01-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Today is the day when the rarest of rare space phenomenon will take place in the sky. Making stargazers excited for the epic moment, a total lunar eclipse will take place alongside a blue moon and a Super Moon.

The phenomenon will be seen by the people of North-Eastern India, who will be able to witness this event between 4:21 PM and 5:18 PM IST. Rest of India will get a chance to see this Super Blueblood moon 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 is expected to last for an hour and 16 minutes in the country. The celestial event is a lunar trifecta: a Supermoon (a moon at perigee, the closest to Earth that it gets in its orbit), a total lunar eclipse (a blood moon), and a blue moon (the second full moon of a calendar month).

Meanwhile, NASA is offering a free live feed of the ‘lunar trifecta’ on NASA TV and NASA.gov/live. “What do you get when you have a supermoon, which also happens to be the 2nd full Moon of the month, passing through Earth’s shadow during a total lunar eclipse? A #SuperBlueBloodMoon! Catch this lunar trifecta coming our way on Jan. 31," tweeted NASA.

The best view of the ‘Super Blueblood’ moon can be had from western North America across the Pacific Ocean to East Asia. In Asia, the last Blue Moon and total lunar eclipse happened 35 years ago on December 30, 1982.

Tags : Super Moon Bluemoon bloodmoon lunar eclipse North-East


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