Everyone’s yapping about the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse. In fact, some of you might’ve even agreed on joining a few of your friends on their terrace to watch it together. This once in a blue moon event is going to be super bloody magnificent. Want to know why it’s such a big deal?
Here’s what to expect from this lunar trifecta, as NASA likes to call it.
1. WTF is a Total Lunar Eclipse, exactly?
A total lunar eclipse takes place when the sun, moon and the earth align. The earth comes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays from reaching the moon, causing what we call a ‘total lunar eclipse’.
2. And the Blood Moon?
During a total lunar eclipse, the earth’s shadow falls on the moon. The sunlight that is reflected from the earth’s atmosphere on the moon tends to become red in colour, making the moon appear blood red or rusty red.
3. Cool. Now what fresh hell is the Blue Moon?
Ever heard of the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’? Get ready to use it or hear it multiple times at least until the end of the day—we know we already did. The second full moon that takes place in the same month is called a Blue Moon. That does not mean the moon will actually turn blue in colour. Don’t take it literally, it’s literary. Sort of.
4. And The Super Moon?
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. The moon will be closer to the earth’s surface than usual, which will make it appear way larger than you’re used to—14% larger and 30% brighter than usual, to be precise.
5. How Long Has It Been Since The Last One?
Apparently it’s a pretty big deal because the last time the world saw a Super Blood Blue Moon was over 150 years ago. But then again, that was only in the US. In Asia, the last time we saw the Blue Moon and a total lunar eclipse was 35 years ago in 1982. But this one’s gonna be bloody, so, must be special.
6. Do We Need Protection?
No, you do not need special glasses to watch this event. Unless you already have normal glasses, then that’s a different story. But there are a few astrologers who will tell you it’s not safe to witness it unless you want your life to be in shambles till the next eclipse, so we suggest you look into that before you look up tonight.
7. The Time
People in Northeast India will be the first ones to see this phenomenon. The event will begin at 4.21 PM there and the rest of India will be able to see it from 5.18 PM to 6.21 PM. The entire phenomenon is supposed to last till 9.38 PM. All you have to do is look up! Simple.