Super Blue Blood Moon & Blue Moon 2018 - When & Where to watch Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India

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Get ready for the rare lunar event. Today is the lunar eclipse which is coinciding with supermoon and a blue moon (bluemoon). A Super Moon, Blue Moon and a total lunar eclipse can be seen on the evening of today. People living in the US, Alaska and Hawaii will see a pre-dawn super blue blood moon and will also see the views on lunar eclipse. The residents of India will also be able to watch super blue blood moon. So the questions arise what is a total lunar eclipse, what time is the lunar eclipse today, when is the next lunar eclipse, what time does the eclipse start, how often does a blue moon occur, which will be answered in this article. Also, how the term Once in a blue moon relates with it.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

An eclipse occur when three celestial bodies (Sun, Moon and Earth) are aligned in one straight path. A total lunar eclipse occur when Earth comes in between Moon and Sun, and the moon is blocked entirely by Earth's shadow. Then eclipsed moon tends to take reddish hue color because Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light, but at the same time allows to pass through red wavelength only. 1st Jan 2018 was a supermoon rise. The lunar eclipse will occur at the same time as a blue moon today. The last time such a thing occurred was 35 years back. The exact date was December 30 1982.

When is the next lunar eclipse?

The next total lunar eclipse will be visible in India on July 27, 2018 but it will not be a Blue Moon or a Super Moon. The eclipse would take place in Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and Europe.

What time is the lunar eclipse today?

The duration of lunar eclipse is expected to be around an hour. In India, it would start at 6.21 pm today and it would be visible till 7.37 pm. Those in the middle of US, Alaska and Hawaii are expected to get the best view. In Asia and Australia too the view would be very good. Those living in the East Coast would get the least impressive view.

What time does the eclipse start?

In India, it would start around 5:18 pm IST, but the country's first viewers will be from North-East who could watch it between 4:21 pm and 5:18 pm. It will be total at 6:21 pm and remain totally eclipsed till 7:37 pm IST. Then after, the total lunar eclipse will end and the Moon will slowly come out of the shadow of the Earth, the partial eclipse ending around 8:41 pm IST. The totality of the eclipse will last for about 1 hour and 16 minutes.

How often does a blue moon occur?

A Blue Moon happens on average about once every 2.7 years.

How the term Once in a blue moon relates with it?

Whenever a full moon occurs twice in a month, the second full moon is called a blue moon. That's why its related with the term Once in a blue moon which means very rare to see.

What is Super blue blood moon?

Supermoons occur when the full moon comes nearest to the planet Earth which is called perigee. During this period, the moon appears up-to 14% larger and 30% brighter. The farthest distance between the moon and the Earth is called apogee.

Today is Super blue blood moon because, along with the supermoon, there will be total lunar eclipse because of this the moon will appear reddish, dark brown or blood red. Its second total lunar eclipse in the month of Jan 2018. Therefore a second total lunar eclipse during a month is termed as blue moon. Thus the super moon has become a super blue blood moon.

Do I need to keep any protection to watch this phenomenon?

Not exactly. You can see through naked eyes. You can go to any open area or field and can watch the moon.