Nugget of Knowledge: Blood, Blue and Super Moon!


The year started with a stunning supermoon on January 1 and we don't need to wait for the next celestial event.

The upcoming lunar phenomenon that many are already calling the blue blood supermoon will consist of three events - a total lunar eclipse, a blue moon, and a supermoon. This phenomenon is termed as "Super Blue Blood Moon".

You'll want to capture the moment when you get the chance, because it will take until May 18, 2019, for the following Blue Moon to occur. Hence, on the eve of the supermoon, the moon appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than regular full moons.

Two Lunar eclipses and three solar eclipses will occur this year.

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The last time the planets aligned this way so that all three occurred at the same time was nearly 152 years ago in 1866, a spokesman for the Science Centre Singapore told The Straits Times yesterday.

A Blue Moon can be seen when two full moons (or super moons) occur in the same calendar month. The last time a super blue moon eclipse graced the skies was 152 years ago in 1866, and it happen around very often.

According to Science Centre Singapore, the three-in-one moon will give off a coppery red colour, which is characteristic of a total eclipse. More than 100 people have signed up and 879 have expressed interest on its Facebook page. Admission is free and registration is not required. Viewing will be on a first come, first served basis. It would be visible till 7:37 pm Indian Standard Time (IST).

There will be telescopes set up on site for viewing the moon and also food vendors from Street Food Circus.

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There will be bag checks for safety reasons so attendees are advised to travel light for quicker entry.

If it rains on that day, viewing will stop but will resume if the rain stops by 9.30pm.

A full eclipse is expected at 8.51pm, ending at 10.08pm.

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