A calendrical quirk of the universe is uniting a super moon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse this week – a rare assembly that hasn’t happened over the continental US since 1866. Clear skies are in the works Tuesday night.
The Blue Moon does not mean the moon will look or appear blue.
In India, the eclipse will start around 17:18 IST. NASA calculates Wednesday’s moon will be 223,068 miles from Earth.
He said the king tides are a combination of the gravitational effects of both the sun and the moon on the earth and its oceans. “Then, the darkness will spread out across the moon, down to the right”.
“For the (continental) US, the viewing will be best in the West”, said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters, .
“Get up early and look west”, he said.
A blue moon is a full moon that comes twice in the same month.
In the case of the 27 September 2015 event, the perigee between Earth and the moon occurred within two hours of the eclipse making it more “super” than this one.
The best viewing in NE Tennessee will be about 6:30, space authorities said.
The weather around Austin will be great for this with skies expected to be mainly clear. The nighttime low is expected to dip into the 30s. “So we’re actually really lucky to be in the western part of the United States, kind of central to the west, so we can actually see the total lunar eclipse”. From locations in the Pacific Ocean, viewers will be able to see all the stages.
“Most of what we can see without a telescope are points of light”, Johnson said.
Better catch it while you can, because it’s not scheduled to happen again until 2037.
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A total lunar eclipse during a blue moon that is in perigee last happened worldwide on December 30, 1982, Beatty said.
While a supermoon is considered less serious and scientific than an eclipse, it represents a chance to encourage people to start looking at the moon, according to Petro.
For observers living in NY or Washington D.C., the space agency suggests a 6.45 a.m. ET start for the best viewing. NASA plans to stream from 4:30-10:30 a.m. CST.