NASA telescopes relay live feed of rare super blue blood moon


The term blood moon refers to the red colour which is apparent as the moon is caught in an eclipse, as the sun, earth and moon line up in the heavens.

Many organizations across the country stepped in to enhance the show which was also visible to the naked eye.

The event was organized in five other cities, namely Chennai, Bengaluru, Surat, Dehradun, and Meerut.

Hundreds of people, including young children and adults, have turned up at Delhi's India Gate to view the event.

People watch the Super moon rising in the sand dunes on January 31, 2018 in Lancelin, Australia.

Skywatchers gather at Beijing Planetarium to watch a "super blue blood moon" eclipse with telescopes on january 31. This one also happened to be an especially close and bright moon, or supermoon.

Ahead of the eclipse, NASA program executive Gordon Johnston said: "For the continental U.S., the viewing will be best in the West".

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The space agency offered a live feed of the spectacle.

While Britain will be enjoying a super blue moon, the rest of the world will be basking in the beauty of a super blue blood moon.

A once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event occurred Wednesday, with the onslaught of a super blue blood moon eclipse. For those looking ahead, the next supermoon is in February, the next blue moon is in March and the next total lunar eclipse is in July, according to NASA.

"This coming full moon is unusual in that it is the second full moon of the month, when typically there is only one full moon per calendar month".

However as the total eclipse started at 6.21 pm, it could be seen by everybody from rooftops, street corners, highrise buildings and open field, Director (Research & Academics) M P Birla Planetarium, Debiprasad Duari told PTI here.

Renowned Hindu worship places in Karnataka like Manjunatheshwara Temple in Dharmasthala, 300 km from Bengaluru and Krishna Mutt in Udupi, about 400 km from Bengaluru, were shut till the end of the eclipse at about 9.30 p.m.