Rare 'Super Blue Blood' Moon Coming This Month

Indonesians will get a rare opportunity this month to see a 'super blue blood' moon, the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of BMKG)

By : Sheany | on 3:26 PM January 03, 2018
Category : News, Featured

Jakarta. Indonesians will get an opportunity this month to see a "super blue blood" moon, the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, or BMKG, said in a statement on Wednesday (03/01).

The BMKG said the rare celestial event, which will be visible in Indonesia at 8.26 p.m. on Jan. 31, will be the culmination of a supermoon trilogy, which refers to a series of three supermoons – the other two having occurred on Dec. 3 and Jan. 2.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the lunar body's closest approach to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in it appearing about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

"Blue moon" is the term used for a second full moon in one calendar month.

The supermoon at the end of this month will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse, which will result in it taking on a reddish hue, hence the term "blood moon."

"We're seeing all of Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the moon," said Sarah Noble, a program scientist at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as quoted in a statement.

The moon's shadow, known as the totality, will also be visible from Central and East Asia, New Zealand and most of Australia during the eclipse.

The BMKG has urged people living on the coast to remain cautious and alert, because the supermoon may cause high tides and flooding between Jan. 29 and Feb. 2.

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