Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
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Super blue blood moon will dazzle kids and advance science

Super blue blood moon will dazzle kids and advance science

Because February is only 28 days and the lunar cycle is about 29 days, March will also see two full moons.

The chief minister's office believes the moon would be "visually appealing" because of the rare event.

In the state capital or Jamshedpur, no formal viewing had been planned, but officials at Ranchi Science Centre at Chiroundi said they would work something on Wednesday morning.

Don't let its Marvel superhero name fool you - the moon won't turn blue. This will also be the second full moon for January (blue moon) with the moon being closest to Earth in the lunar cycle (super moon).

"Since the moon will be much brighter than anything else in the sky or foreground, it helps to use a light meter to reduce the exposure so that the Moon itself is not overexposed", he said. When that happens the Moon can be up to 14 per cent larger than average and 30 per cent brighter. This event will be a total lunar eclipse for the western two-thirds of the country.

The "blood" part isn't a scientific term, but refers to a total lunar eclipse when the moon takes on a reddish color.

"You've got this wonderful combination", Day says. "We really need to know the kind of real estate we're going to land on".


When is the best time to see it?

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On the East Coast, the eclipse will begin at 5:51 a.m. local time, but the moon will set before the end of the eclipse's totality. Overachievers can first watch the earth's shadow creep over the moon's edge at 3:48 a.m. For East Coasters, the best bet for good viewing will be at about 6:45 a.m. ET. At this time, the moon will be setting in the western sky, just a bit north of due west. Locations with an unobstructed view to the west or at a higher elevation will be ideal.

SALT LAKE CITY- A lunar eclipse will be visible throughout Utah Wednesday morning, and the Salt Lake Astronomical Society has tips for those wanting to view the event. The moon will leave the umbra at 7:11 a.m. PST.

Lunar eclipses happen when the moon, sun and Earth are all in the same plane - called an "eclipse season".

The clues will be in the surface temperature changes during the event.

Slooh, a company that airs live views of space, will host the broadcast and plans to have telescopes trained on the moon as it's eclipsed by Earth. This translates to a very small difference in brightness and apparent size.

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