A Rare Event: Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

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They called it a trifecta of Lunar events. A supermoon, a blue moon and a lunar eclipse coinciding on 31 January 2018. Definitely a time for night sky watching.

You had to be in Australia, eastern Asia and parts of Canada for the best views. The night sky in Northern Australia granted us perfect viewing – a clear sky with no clouds. Media outlets claimed it was 150 years since the last supermoon blood moon coincided.

Supermoon:

The full moon occurs during the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit

Blue Moon:

A second full moon in a single month

Blood Moon:

The moon in total eclipse appears reddish in colour as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered and refracted by the earth’s atmosphere.

Astronomer Brad Tucker, from the Australian National University, explained: “That red appearance is really the sunrise and the sunset of the Earth falling on the Moon.”

This video explains the intricacies of the lunar eclipse:

 

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