Sky gazers and photo enthusiasts are making a beeline for the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences perched at an altitude of 2,450 metres here to witness the lunar delight on January 31- a blue moon, blood moon and a super moon.
Blue moons take place around twice in two and a half years. However, the UAE residents will have only three to four minutes to see the total super moon eclipse.
This point, called the perigee, makes the moon appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter.
A blood moon is a pretty sight to beholdWhat is a super blue blood moon? This is the shadow that results when the Earth is completely blocking the Sun's light from reaching the Moon. Blue Moons are not as rare as the saying "once in a blue moon" suggests.
The moon is actually going to appear a reddish-orange color. However, the moon, itself, does not actually change colours. Because it is the second full moon of the month, it is known as the 'blue moon, ' Piotrowski said.
It will start at 5.18pm local time but the total eclipse takes effect at 6.21pm until 7.37pm. The show ends at 7:11 a.m. - just in time for the morning commute. It will be visible before sunrise on 31 January from western North America, and because of the worldwide date line, after sunset on 31 January from central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia.
The celestial event will be seen from many countries including India, Russia, Australia, China and Thailand.
So, people on the East Coast are scr. out of luck?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra.
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The entire celestial event will be webcast live by global space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) starting at 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT). It happens when the moon passes entirely into the Earth's shadow, becoming dark and even an eerie brownish red, or a blood moon, because of the way light passes into the Earth's atmosphere.
What is a super moon? Moon during this phase is known as super moon. The first, and was the biggest Americans will see year.
"If you live on the beach in Pacifica, you're great to go".
The first Supermoon of 2018 occurred on New Year's Day. But that is true only for time zones in and around the Americas, not for the rest of the world.
"Other activities include quizzes on the lunar eclipses", he explained.
Global map showing areas of the world that will experience (weather permitting) the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon".
How to observe the eclipse in the UAE?
Americans in the east are advised to head outside to a high place at 6.45am ET, while those in the mid-west will have the best viewing at 6.15am-6.30am CST time.