Why Wednesday’s lunar eclipse will be special

Why Wednesday's lunar eclipse will be special

In Summary

  • Lunar eclipse will happen on January 31st.
  • It will be a historical event because it will feature 3 space events, blue moon, blood moon and super moon.
  • Kenya will not experience the total but partial eclipse which will happen for a few minutes and people can view it from anywhere.

January 31, 2018 will mark a spectacular space event that will feature three moon events for the first time in 15o years. It will be a night of three phenomena: a blood moon, super moon and a blue moon or otherwise known as  the Super Blue Blood Moon.

In Kenya, according to Meteorological Department, the historical event will commence at sunset at 6:57:42 PM and the eclipse will end at 7:08:31 PM. Kenya will not experience a total lunar eclipse but partial.

If you find the the term Super Blue Blood Moon incomprehensible, despair not. Here is the break down.

A super moon is when the full moon is closer to the earth’s orbit, making it appear more visible and brighter.

According to NASA, its diameter is increased and the temperature on the moon goes from oven hot to freezing cold for hours.

A blue moon is the name given to the second full moon in the month of January and a blood moon is when the moon passes the earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse and the sun reflects on it appearing red.

This event is spectacular because the last time the world witnessed a super blue blood moon was in March 31, 1866.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, the Kenya Meteorological Department said that Kenya will be at the edge of the Lunar eclipse so what Kenya will experience is a Penumbral eclipse. From wherever you will be, you will see the eclipse but only in shadow form because from our side the total moon will be barely visible.

While people can view the eclipse from everywhere it will be more visible in India, they will have the pleasure of viewing the total full moon coloured in red and in a bigger and brighter form.


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