After 150 years… a rare lunar event this evening

RSTV Bureau
File photo of supermoon, 14 November 2016. PTI

File photo of supermoon, 14 November 2016.

Wednesday evening people will get to witness a rare lunar event. A Super Moon, Blue Moon and a total lunar eclipse – all of this will be seen at the same time this evening in most parts of the world.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are so aligned that for a period of time, the Moon passes through the shadow of Earth in space. During a total lunar eclipse moon takes a reddish copper hue.

However, it is also a Blue moon this time. This full Moon occurs twice in a calendar month. Though the Moon does not turn blue but the second full Moon of an calendar month is termed as a Blue Moon.

The lunar eclipse today will be even more spectacular because during the eclipse this time. The Moon will be near its perigee and hence it will look larger than an average full Moon, and is termed a Super Moon.

In India, the country’s first viewers will be from the north-East, who will be able to witness this event between 4.21 pm and 5.18 pm. Rest of India will get a chance to see this Super blue blood moon between 5.18 pm and 6.21 pm. The totality of the eclipse will last for about 1 hour and 16 minutes.

In Asia, the last Blue Moon and total lunar eclipse happened on December 30, 1982. So, it is happening after 35 years for sky enthusiasts in India. The next total lunar eclipse will be visible in India on July 27, 2018 but it will not be a Blue Moon or a Super Moon. The event is taking place for the first time in 150 years.