Lunar eclipse on January 31 to be partly visible in Ottawa

29 January, 2018, 05:48 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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During the early hours of January 31, there will be a full moon, a total lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon - all at the same time. "Sometimes they call it the blood moon", Florian said.

The moon sets at 7:09 a.m. CST, before totality will end.

"For a solar eclipse, the moon blocks off the sun, so it's the shadow of the moon hitting on the Earth", said Joshua Ridley, an associate professor of physics at Murray State University.

The lunar eclipse will occur at 1.30pm British and Irish time, and the next eclipse won't be visible until July 2018 - so time to keep your eyes peeled.

Perhaps the most impressive (and visually noticeable) part of this lunar event is the fact that it's also a "blood" moon. Pacific Time, although the shadow will start appearing on the moon at approximately 3:48 a.m.

If you miss the January 31 lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait nearly another year for the next opportunity in North America. Such phenomenon happens when the Earth comes in between Sun and the Moon.

While viewers along the East Coast will see only the initial stages of the eclipse before moonset, those on British Columbia's west coast will see most or all of the lunar eclipse phases before dawn. On this date, the satellite will have reached a full stage, so it will be the second full moon in January.


NASA says the super blue blood moon will be visible early Wednesday in Western Canada, so long as it's not obscured by clouds. Otherwise, your view of the sinking moon partly in Earth's darkest shadow (umbra) will be blocked.

But if you're too curious to wait for this rare celestial event, here's a hint: The moon will appear bigger than usual - and red. In my opinion, the hype is the result of the large appearance any full moon has when it's close to the horizon around rising and setting times.

31, at about 6:30 a.m., Tucsonans can look into the western sky and catch a reddened full moon caught in the center of Earth's shadow. This will be the first time in 150 years that a blue moon also coincides with a total lunar eclipse.

Partial eclipse ends at 7:11 a.m. This occurs every 29.5 days, when the moon is directly opposite the sun relative to the Earth.

"Other activities include quizzes on the lunar eclipses", he explained.

The term blood moon isn't a scientific term but one coined colloquially. "Obviously, the farther west you go, the more likely you're going to be able to see it".

As much as the affair promises to please stargazers, it's more than a good show to scientists.

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