What Is a Blood Moon? Superstitions, Stories and Science

The "blood moon" part of this celestial event refers to the lunar eclipse that will occur the same night. Then, on January 31, the moon reaches its full phase at 8:27 a.m. EST. A blood moon occurs when it takes on a reddish tint as it passes through earth's shadow in a lunar eclipse.

Stages of the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon".

"Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish", Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters, said in a statement.

The moon orbits around Earth, while Earth orbits around the sun.

But don't expect to see a blue colored moon in the sky. The first this month was the supermoon that ushered in the new year, making the blood moon 2018 the second of January 2018.

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Speaking to the Times of India, Jayant Ganguli, a technical officer at the Regional Science Centre and Planetarium in Kozhikode said, "The partial shadow on the moon would be seen at 4:21 pm, while the complete lunar eclipse would be visible at 6:21 pm".

The lunar obscuration will start in the Rocky Mountain district around 4:48 a.m. MST, as the darker piece of Earth's inward shadow covers the moon. Hence the name Super Blue Blood moon. "The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east". "In fact, the Talmud states that a lunar eclipse is a bad sign for those who hate Israel", Berger said. In that instance, the Earth momentarily places itself between the Sun and the moon in a straight line, causing an eclipse. Instead of sunlight reflecting on the moon's surface, Earth's shadow falls on it. As noted by Space, a blue moon is "the appearance of an additional full moon within a given period".

A total of 85 total lunar eclipses will take place during the 21st century, and Taiwan will be able to see 63 of them.

You can check if your nearest city will experience the eclipse using this interactive lunar eclipse model. "However, one should be very careful as deep inner fears will surface during an eclipse", Roopesh R., Specialist in Spiritual Subjects, answered on being asked about the effects of the total lunar eclipse according to Western Astrology. This is also called a "harvest moon" which isn't a true lunar eclipse but shifts red because of changing seasons.

  • Douglas Reid