On 31 January 2018, Australia and the Pacific will have front row seats to a rare astronomical event.
For the first time in over 150 years, three lunar phenomena will collide – producing a Super Blue Blood Moon.
Not only will it be the second full moon in January, but the moon will also be close to its nearest point to Earth on its orbit, and be totally eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow.
While the three aren’t particularly rare – the last Super Moon was on 2 January this year, and the last Blood and Blue Moons were in 2015 – the chances of them all occurring at the same time are quite slim.
The result will be a spectacular display – a very large, red full moon – which hasn’t occurred since March 1866.
Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is safe – and beautiful – to observe, so head outside and have a look at this rare astronomical occurrence.
- 10.18pm – Partial Eclipse begins (partial moon eclipse starts – moon is getting red)
- 11.21pm – Total Eclipse begins (total moon eclipse starts – completely red moon)
- 11.59 – Maximum Eclipse (moon is closest to the centre of the shadow)
- 12.37am – Total Eclipse ends
- 1.41am – Partial Eclipse ends
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Australian Geographic website.
What: First Super Blue Blood Moon in over 150 years
When: Wednesday 31 January 2018 | approx 11.56pm in South Australia
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image Source: Australian Geographic website.
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