'Tremendous blue blood moon' soars over BC

Marsha Scott
February 2, 2018

It's a once in a "blue moon" occurrence and time for the moon to take the spotlight.

The last time this combination occurred was around 35 years ago.

The moon holds a special and important place within Māori tradition and a Māori astronomer has his own view on its goal.

After the total lunar eclipse ended, people would be able to see a partial eclipse again.

The Blue moon is the full moon that appears twice in the same month, the Greek scientist explained.

During the eclipse, red light is refracted around Earth's atmosphere.

According to NASA, a blue moon occurs once every two-and-a-half years.

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"I'm calling it the purple eclipse because it combines the blue moon and a red eclipse", Rich Talcott, a senior editor at Astronomy magazine, said by telephone.

Tides are a bit higher and a bit lower than average when the Moon is full or new, so tide ranges - the vertical difference between high tide and the following low tide - have a fortnightly cycle.

Its secretary, Abdullah Hassan said three special telescopes were made available for the public to observe the eclipse. However, this lunar eclipse is unusual, because it happened on both a blue moon and a super moon, Greenhouse said.

During the eclipse, the Moon was just a day past perigee which is the closest point to Earth in its orbit - making it appear very large and bright (about 14 per cent) - and so a "Supermoon".

For 18 year-old Han Li, a freshman and Philosophy major, this was her first lunar eclipse experience. REUTERS/Marko Djurica A super blue blood moon rises over an apartment block during a lunar eclipse in Ankara, Turkey, January 31, 2018.

Moon-gazers across the Las Vegas Valley were not disappointed by Wednesday morning's celestial event.

Unlike solar eclipses, which are typically visible in narrow bands across the globe, lunar eclipses are pretty much visible everywhere during the night. "I used to bring my grandchildren here when they were young. The oxygen atoms scatter the white sunlight and they sorta've emphasize the blue and red component, so its goes and bounces off the moon".

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