Super Blood Moon in the sky tonight

BY JESICA SLABBERT - JANUARY 31, 2018

On the 31st of January, a rare cosmic event will be taking place. A ‘Super Blood Blue Moon’ that has not been seen in 36 years will be visible in certain parts of the globe tonight.

This event is a combination of three rare lunar occurrences, namely an extra big super moon, a blue moon as well as a total lunar eclipse.

A blue moon refers to when a second full moon takes place in a month; commonly occurring once every two years and eight months. A supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to the earth during its orbit; this is the third occurrence in a series of supermoons.

During the eclipse the moon will slide into the Earth’s shadow, this will gradually turn it from white to orange or red.

This rare lunar event will last for an hour and sixteen minutes and can be visible before sunrise in the Western States of America and Canada. As for the rest of the world, those living in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand should keep an eye out for it during the evening when the moon rises.

Sadly, it looks as though those living in South Africa and South America will not be able to see the eclipse at all.

This lunar eclipse can be viewed safely without protective eyewear. 

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