Supermoon, blue moon, blood moon-how to watch it from India

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Apart from the one mentioned above, the second will be in the last day of March. "It's just a full moon turning darker so it's very safe to look at", says "backyard astronomer" Gary Boyle. The interplay of dawn's increasing light with the moon's visage promises to display a complex array of colors. The result is a moon that appears especially large and bright.

A full moon is when we see its entire lit-up side. Hunter's Moon The Hunter's Moon is the full moon following the Harvest Moon; which means that it is usually in October, except for when the Harvest Moon occurs in October - then, the Hunter's Moon happens in November.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. But twice in each lunar cycle, the moon does cross into our planet's orbital plane.

Super Blue Blood Moon occurs when the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit. In this case, the supermoon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the "super blue blood moon" can be seen during moonrise the morning of the 31st. So, the skywatchers in India will watch the first lunar eclipse of the year 2018 in India on 31st in the evening. The next one visible in North America will be on January 21, 2019.

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"The eclipse will begin with shadow onset at 3:48 a.m. and reach totality at about 4:51 a.m.", said Thomas Herring, JCDO director and WNC physics professor. Blood moons are so-called for their red appearance. During a sunset, the angle of the sun is lower in the sky and that red light instead passes directly into your eyes while the blue light is scattered away from your line of sight. "Lunar eclipses are fun because everyone can see them". The last Blue Moon in the United States came in late July 2015.

That is exactly what is happening (for some) next Wednesday, January 31.

From supermoons and blood moons to black moons and blue moons, here's a cheat sheet to the full moon in all of her luminous guises.