Today, get ready to witness a celestial miracle as the sky unveils a rare super blue moon. Unlike any other day, the moon will make a grand and radiant appearance, capturing our awe and amazement. This extraordinary event occurs when the moon comes closest to the Earth during its full phase. At a distance of 3,57,244 km from our planet, the super blue moon will grace the night sky with its enchanting presence.
The Marvel of the Super Blue Moon
As the name suggests, the super blue moon will not actually appear blue but rather a magnificent shade of orange. This celestial wonder is known as a blue moon because it is the second full moon witnessed in a single month, with the first appearing on August 1. The super blue moon will grace us with its brilliance on Wednesday at 8 PM, ready to take our breath away.
Typically, we experience two or three super moons in a year. According to Space.com, this particular super blue moon will be visible at 7.10 pm on Wednesday and reach its brightest and largest state after two hours, as confirmed by NASA. It will set at 6.46 am on Thursday, providing us with a wonderful opportunity to marvel at its beauty under the veil of darkness. Scientists suggest that this stunning moon is best observed during moments of minimal external light, making it an ideal spectacle to witness early in the morning.
The Mystique of the Blue Moon
Contrary to popular belief, a blue moon does not actually appear blue in color. Instead, it is named so when there are two full moons within a single month. The occurrence of a blue moon and a super moon in the same month is an exceedingly rare phenomenon. The super blue moon we are fortunate to witness today is an additional moon within a season of four full moons, making this Wednesday’s blue moon truly exceptional.
A supermoon surpasses the normal full moon in terms of brightness and size. During this cosmic wonder, the moon shines 16 percent brighter and appears larger than on regular full moon days. The occurrence of a blue super moon is highly uncommon, happening approximately once every ten years due to specific astronomical conditions. It may even take up to twenty years for a blue super moon to grace our skies. The last time we experienced this magical event was in December 2009, and we can look forward to its appearance again in January 2037, followed by another in March. Scientists predict that it will be another 14 years before we have the privilege of witnessing this celestial masterpiece once more.