Sky Gazers are you read? The Super Blue Blood Moon is happening right now, and NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the celestial spectacle.
If you don’t have a chance to witness in the sky, fear no more, as NASA has got you covered.
Hawaii and Alaska have the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Asia, and Australia. The western United States, along with Russia, will also be able to enjoy the show.
In contrast, the Atlantic coast of the United States, Europe, most of Latin America and Africa will not be able to see the eclipse. Therefore, tune into NASA’s live stream of the event.
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If the weather conditions allow it, NASA’s broadcast will feature views from different vantage points located at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles; and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory.
This is your chance to witness extremely rare cosmic events: a supermoon, a blue moon, and a lunar eclipse at the same time.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
This time it happens to coincide with the perigee of the moon, the point of the orbit in which our satellite is closest to the Earth, which allows a larger and brighter vision than usual.
If you add to this a total eclipse, also called blood moon because of its reddish color, the show is something to remember.
NASA calls it the lunar trifecta, the first blood blue supermoon since 1982, a combination that will not be repeated until 2037.
The lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, the Earth, and the moon are perfectly aligned and the shadow of the planet is projected onto its satellite.
Scientists are ready to measure the sudden drop in temperature on the lunar surface.
During the event, which will last more than an hour, the temperature will drop to 38 degrees (100 Fahrenheit), said scientist Noah Petro of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Petro is in charge of the “Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter”, a spaceship that orbits the moon since 2009.
His team will take special precautions so that the probe does not cool during the eclipse.
Oh and… the moon will be located at a distance of 360,200 kilometers (223,820 miles) at the peak of the eclipse.