‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ coming Jan. 31

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(Photo courtesy of NASA)
(Photo courtesy of NASA)

A ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ (total eclipse) will be visible at moon rise in Thailand this coming Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

The visible partial eclipse will begin at 18.48. Total eclipse will begin at 19.51 and reach maximum at 20.29. Totality will end at 21.07. The partial eclipse ends at 22.11, followed by the penumbral eclipse ending at 23.08.

It is important to note that, weather permitting, the moon will turn a blood red color for about an hour and a half from 19.51 until 21.07.

The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “super moons” when the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit – known as perigee – and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the moon is in the earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.”

Hence, the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ moniker.