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A Rare Treat: Blue Supermoon, Lunar Eclipse

A Rare Treat: Blue Supermoon, Lunar Eclipse

The colour is due to a what is known as a blood moon, caused by a lunar eclipse, when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun, casting its shadow across the lunar surface.

The Super Blue Moon will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse event.

Here's how it breaks down. As per NASA, this would make the moon look closer as well as brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth.

And while the Moon is in the Earth's shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a "blood moon".

This is the first time the United Kingdom has experienced a blue moon lunar eclipse in 150 years. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) An eclipsed super blue moon slips behind a building as it sets in Los Angeles, January 31, 2018.

Viewers in NY or Washington, DC, may see something, but not much, according to NASA.

The moon is called a Blue Moon, but that doesn't mean it will actually turn blue.




According to astronomical calculations by Qatar Calendar House (QCH), this total lunar eclipse will be a rare one as there are three astronomical phenomena that will take place.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clear skies are giving Southern Californians an unimpeded view of the first super blue blood moon in 35 years. The totality of the moon will begin at 6:51 a.m. and that is when the moon will have a reddish color.

But he said the best time to view the UK's double whammy of a super blue moon is at around 12.40am, when the moon is at its highest. The maximum eclipse will be at 7:29 a.m.

"If the moon is closest to us at the same time it's a full moon, they have started calling that a super moon", astronomy professor Craig Joseph said.

Qatar and some of the neighbouring countries will witness the first lunar eclipse of the year today, January 31.

If you don't catch the triple treat you'll have to wait some time to see it again.

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