'Super blue blood moon' to appear in sky Wednesday morning

'Super blue blood moon' to appear in sky Wednesday morning

For the first time since 1866, there will be a super blue blood moon. Thus, some are calling this event a SUPER BLUE-BLOOD MOON! Because of its closer proximity to Earth, the moon will shine about 14 percent brighter than the moon is at its most distant point in orbit.

In a statement jointly issued with QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari, noted astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk said two Blue Moons will occur during this year, with the second one slated for the last day of March.

Finally, a "blood moon" is another popular term to describe a total lunar eclipse, when the earth comes between the sun and the moon and the earth's shadow completely obscures the moon. That's known as a "blood moon".

The next blue moon total lunar eclipse won't be until December 31, 2028, according to NASA. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons.

Blue moons aren't that rare. The original definition, however, is the third of four full moons in one season, sometimes referred to as a seasonal blue moon. He says that it's important to keep in mind that the moon is a moving object: "It's a balancing act between trying to get the right exposure and realizing that the shutter speed typically needs to be a lot faster".

If you've got a good imagination, the best view would be from the moon, he says. If you live in New York City, book your flight to the West Coast now because that's the only way you'll be able to truly appreciate the celestial phenomena taking the internet by storm this week.

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The moon will only just start dipping into the Earth's outer shadow - called the penumbra - before it sets for people on the East Coast. It will be interesting to see if the recent eruptions in Japan and the Philippines will make this eclipse a deeper red than most. During a total solar eclipse, the shadow of the moon falls on a very small area of the Earth.

While the January 31 lunar eclipse will be tough to see from some parts of the United States, there are other spectacular heavenly displays in store for Americans in the future.

Likewise, the moon will turn take on a reddish hue - hence, the blood name - although depending on the make-up of the atmosphere, it could be ochre brown or an orange colour.

According to the Group Manager Corporate Communications of Yayasan Sabah Group, Sam S. Karnail, Yayasan Sabah Group together with Sabah Stargazer Association will be holding the event which provides opportunity to the public to witness the total eclipse of the moon that is expected to take five hours and 17 minutes. "The eclipse begins at 5:51 a.m., as the moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east". This same moon will be in what is called perigee, or the closest the moon actually gets to Earth during its orbit (apogee is the opposite, the farthest away). So, in essence, the moon is lit by the red sunset of the whole planet.

"In this case we have the moon visible in our sky and the sun is behind us", Berrier said.

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