How to watch Super Blue Blood Moon in USA, Australia, India: Time and date
A unique celestial occurrence is awaiting the astronomers across the globe. Such occasions usually are rare and one needs to wait for hundred years or even more to witness them. Early morning on 31 January, the world will witness super moon, blue moon and lunar eclipse all together, making it historic for the astronomers across the world.
Experts claim that this celestial moment is coming after one and quarter century or after exactly 125 years. Not more than a handful people live to cross this landmark. This is the reason that enthusiasm among the sky-watchers is extremely high. No one will ever even think of missing the occasion.
As far as supermoon is concerned, it is the condition when a super moon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. Among astronomers this condition is known as perigee syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system or more simply full (or new) Moon at perigee. The real association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but no such link has been found.
NewsWeek, while quoting NASA’s planetary geologist Sarah Noble said, “In general, perigee full moons can be up to 14 percent bigger than apogee full moons, and up to 30 percent brighter…The difference in size is very difficult for our eyes to discern, but the moon will probably be noticeably bright.”
It must be kept in mind that the celestial event will be shown live on NASA’s live feed on NASA TV and NASA.gov/live. In a message NASA said, “What do you get when you have a supermoon, which also happens to be the 2nd full Moon of the month, passing through Earth’s shadow during a total lunar eclipse? A #SuperBlueBloodMoon! Catch this lunar trifecta coming our way on Jan. 31”
If you want to watch Super Blue Blood Moon in India you should keep in mind that the eclipse will last for one hour and 16 minutes in the country. It will start at 5.18pm local time but the total eclipse takes effect at 6.21pm until 7.37pm. Mr Duari went on to say the northeastern and eastern parts of the country will see the eclipse a minute after the moon rises, which will be at 5.17pm in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta).
If you live in Australia you should keep in mind that you will be able to view the super blue blood moon and lunar eclipse during moonrise in the evening of January 31. In Australia, the penumbral eclipse – when the outer shadow of earth falls on the moon – will start at 9.51pm (local time Sydney).The total eclipse will follow at 11.51pm and end at 1.07am.
If you live in United States, you will be able to see the full total eclipse although the penumbral show will pass after the moon has set. The umbral eclipse begins at 3.48am PT, with the full eclipse beginning at 4.51am.