Alaska is best place to watch Super Blue Blood Moon

Auckland Stardome educator Josh Kirkley says the blood red moon will be about 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent

We already had one on the first of this month and our second will be January 31, making it a blue moon. This winter has already seen the geminid and quadrantid meteor showers sparkle, an interstellar object visit and meteorites rain over MI.

The Full Moon / Super Full Moon is the full moon when the moon is at its base. As the sun shines, it creates a shadow behind the earth. Astronomers call this a perigee full moon.

Allen Kerkeslager, associate professor of theology and religious studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, told Live Science that when blood moons occur, it's hard for us to overcome the "evolutionary tendency to try to explain this as the result of some kind of intentional action by some personal agent".

However, the difference might be small to the naked eye.

"For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the "super blue blood moon" can be seen during moonrise in the morning on the 31st", according to NASA.

If you are in the Eastern or Central time zone, Johnston recommends watching from a high place with a clear view to the West to catch a glimpse of the moon's reddish hue. The closer the moon is to the horizon, the larger it looks.

In the case of a lunar eclipse, the sunlight that makes it around Earth passes through our atmosphere and is refracted toward the moon. First up? Blue moons. Since those light waves are already stretched out due to refraction, they appear red or ruddy-brown in colour, making it look like a "Blood Moon". The blue colors within the white light are filtered out, and then the remainder of the light is refracted onto the moon by our atmosphere, leaving the eery red tones you'll see in the sky. Supposedly the blood moon enhances these effects, but there's no evidence to back up either claim. A lunar eclipse occurs about twice a year while there are about 2 ½ years between blue moons.

The moon's orbit is tilted by about 5 degrees relative to the Earth's orbit.

This happened with our full moon earlier this month on January 1 and will again on January 31. The short-term changes during the eclipse, observed through thermal cameras, will allow researchers to gather information about the behavior of the very top layer of lunar regolith.

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