On Wednesday, most of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a supermoon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one.
Here are 10 things you should know about this rare phenomena:-
1. There hasn’t been a triple line-up like this since 1982 and the next won’t occur until 2037.
2. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A supermoon is a phenomenon when the moon appears slightly bigger (about 10 percent or more) and a little brighter than normal.
3. A total lunar eclipse is when the earth comes exactly between the sun and the moon and the earth’s shadow falls on the moon.
4. During a total lunar eclipse, some of the sun’s rays get refracted through the earth’s atmosphere and strike the moon, which thereby takes on a low brown red glow. Therefore, it alternatively also referred to as blood moon.
5. The moon will be closest to Earth on Tuesday, just over 223,000 miles (359,000 kilometres).
6. The total lunar eclipse will be visible everywhere in India from 5:20 pm.