Super blue blood moon to make appearance after 152 years

A SUPER blue blood moon will appear tonight for the first time since 1866.

This cosmic event is a combination of a lunar eclipse, blood moon and supermoon.

For Asia, Australia and some parts of the US, today marks the first time in 152 years that there is a lunar eclipse where the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon.

When sunlight passes through the Earth’s atmosphere it will become a deep red colour, which is where the term ‘blood’ originates in regards to a moon.

The lunar eclipse coincides with the supermoon, which can make the supermoon turn red and then becomes a blood moon.

According to NASA, the moon will also be 14% brighter.
According to NASA, the moon will also be 14% brighter.

Mark Watson, Education and Planetarium Officer from the Winchester Science Centre, said: “This doesn’t change the effect on the tides, but the moon does appear that little bit larger. You can expect the size of the moon to increase by about 15% tonight.”

The best place to view the super blue blood moon will be in the western part of the US, Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands.

Weather depending, observers will be able to experience the whole event from start to finish.

Although the UK and the rest of Europe will not be able to see the blood moon or lunar eclipse, they will be able to see the super moon.

NASA TV will be broadcasting a live feed of the super blue blood moon online from 10.30am GMT, which will be live footage recorded from observatories across the US.

Solent Journalism spoke to Graham Bryant, who has been an astronomer for 48 years, who shared his opinion on the Super Blue Blood Moon.

 

By Hannah WatkinsJordan O’Neill, and Abbie Jones.