UAE- Once in a blue moon is here! It's a celestial treat

The best way to view the "super blue moon eclipse" is to wake up early and travel to an open space free of buildings and light pollution.

JANUARY is set to have a super blood moon as part of a lunar eclipse.

"Viewers in Western Canada will be treated to the total eclipse phase from start to finish, though the penumbral shadow will pass after the moon has set", NASA says on its website.

Skywatchers and observers all over the world will have the thrill of their lifetime on Wednesday January 31, when the moon while passing through the earth will record the closest distance and appear as 'Blue moon'. It occurs when the moon is full while at or near its closest point to the Earth in its elliptical orbit.

This full moon will actually be the second full moon in January, which is why it's referred to as a blue moon. It's a lunar eclipse, when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow and is tinted a coppery red.

While none of these events is particularly unusual on its own - and though the result will add up to little more than a glorified eclipse - scientists say the trifecta may be a once-in-a-lifetime affair in North America.

He explained that it's been two years since the last lunar eclipse, but over 150 years since that coincided with a blue moon.

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This is when the moon will start to move into the Earth's shadow. "Make sure you have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west, opposite from where the sun will rise".

Americans in the east are advised to head outside to a high place at 6.45am ET, while those in the mid-west will have the best viewing at 6.15am-6.30am CST time.

According to its Group Manager (Corporate Communications) Sam S. Karnail, YSG, together with the Sabah Stargazer Association, will be holding the event which provides an opportunity for the public to witness the total eclipse of the moon, expected to take five hours and 17 minutes.

"The temperatures on the surface, and how they change, tell us a lot about how fluffy or compacted the soil is on the surface of the moon", Elphic said.

Supermoons will occur when the moon is less than 360,000 kilometres away from the Earth and no specific equipment is required to see this phenomenon. Hasan Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group has stated that to observe this awesome opportunity people are advised to go to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to east-northeast for the best view of the eclipse.

The umbral eclipse begins at 3.48am PT, with the full eclipse beginning at 4.51am. And unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to watch in the night with the naked eye. It will be visible before sunrise on 31 January from western North America, and because of the global date line, after sunset on 31 January from central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia.

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