Super blue blood moon time: When is the lunar eclipse in India, Australia, UK and US? | Science | News

Science experts say next Wednesday’s lunar phenomenon of a blue moon, supermoon, blood moon and total lunar eclipse hasn’t been viewed for 150 years, making it a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

NASA is offering a free live feed of the ‘lunar trifecta’ on NASA TV and 

It tweeted yesterday: “What do you get when you have a supermoon, which also happens to be the 2nd full Moon of the month, passing through Earth’s shadow during a total lunar eclipse? A #SuperBlueBloodMoon! Catch this lunar trifecta coming our way on Jan. 31”

The post has received 13,000 likes and 5.8k retweets already.

If you plan on stepping outdoors and looking skywards to catch the super blue blood moon yourself, it’s vital you know the best time to catch it.

What time is the lunar eclipse in India?

India will get to see the January 31 lunar eclipse, a senior scientist told Indian daily newspaper The Economic Times.

Debiprasad Duari, director of research and academics at M P Birla Planetarium said the eclipse will last for one hour and 16 minutes in the country.

The eclipse begins at 5:51am ET as the moon is about to set in the western sky and the sky is getting lighter in the east.

Gordon Johnston

It will start at 5.18pm local time but the total eclipse takes effect at 6.21pm until 7.37pm.

Mr Duari went on to say the northeastern and eastern parts of the country will see the eclipse a minute after the moon rises, which will be at 5.17pm in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta).

What time is the lunar eclipse in Australia?

NASA says residents in Australia – as well as the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia and New Zealand will be able to view the super blue blood moon and lunar eclipse during moonrise in the evening of January 31.

In Australia, the penumbral eclipse – when the outer shadow of earth falls on the moon – will start at 9.51pm (local time Sydney).

The total eclipse will follow at 11.51pm and end at 1.07am.

Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters, said: “Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish.

“Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone. 

“The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east.”

Blood moon, supermoon over TorontoGETTY

A blood moon against a clear night sky, the December 31 supermoon rising over Toronto

What time is the lunar eclipse in the US?

Mr Johnston said: “For the (continental) US, the viewing will be best in the West. Set your alarm early and go out and take a look.”

Californians and west Canadians will be able to see the full total eclipse although the penumbral show will pass after the moon has set.

The umbral eclipse begins at 3.48am PT, with the full eclipse beginning at 4.51am.

Blood moon GETTY

What time is the super blue blood moon where you live?

The best viewing is expected between 5am and 6am local time, with totality finishing at 6.05am. 

Americans in the east are advised to head outside to a high place at 6.45am ET, while those in the mid-west will have the best viewing at 6.15am-6.30am CST time.

What time is the lunar eclipse in the UK?

The super blue blood moon total eclipse happens at 12.51pm GMT.

Sadly, people in the UK will not get to see lunar eclipse because it is only visible on Earth’s night side.

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