The sun emits all colors of light, making it appear white. Because of the timing of the full moons, February will not have one and March will have two.
A research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington, Noah Petro said that coincides with the moon's closest approach with a full moon is the first such celestial trifecta since 1982. In fact, it should look considerably more orange than usual thanks to a total lunar eclipse. Even during a total lunar eclipse, some of the sun s rays get refracted through the earth s atmosphere and strike the moon, which thereby takes on a low brown red glow which is what will happen on January 31st. And unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to watch in the night with the naked eye.
In the Central Time Zone, the partial lunar eclipse begins at 5:48 a.m. Wednesday.
By now, you're probably aware of the upcoming "Super Moon" on Wednesday.
The eclipse can be observed starting 6:49 p.m. Wednesday, when the moon starts its passage into the earth's shadow called the penumbral eclipse phase.
"So for viewers in NY or Washington, D.C., the Moon will enter the outer part of Earth's shadow at 5:51 a.m.", the NASA post adds. If not you are missing out on one of the most spectacular sights you could ever hope to see.
The eclipse will begin shortly before 6 a.m., reaching its maximum at 6:30.a.m. Look low on the horizon to the west as the sun rises in the east.
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It may be mentioned that such unique scene phenomenon occurred 150 years back. She said that people of some parts of USA and Canada were lucky since they would be able to watch the event for 16 minutes completely.
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"It disappears and then actually comes back and then disappears again", he said.
The Earth's atmosphere will filter out nearly all of the visible light, which is all the colors of the rainbow, except for orange and red, which is why the moon will appear reddish-orange.
Skywatchers in California, western Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia and eastern Asia should be able to see the entire eclipse, provided the westher remains favourable.