The Hush Post: It was a rare celestial extravaganza on Wednesday night. A blue moon (a second full moon in a calendar month), a super moon (when the moon is unusually close to Earth, making it bigger and brighter) and a blood moon (a moment during an eclipse when the moon appears red)–all three lunar phenomena coincided on Wednesday night. It earned the sobriquet ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ from the astronomy fraternity.
While the Moon was in the Earth’s shadow, it took on a reddish tint known as a ‘blood Moon’. The phenomenon was visible in India between 6 pm and 9.30 pm on Wednesday.
During the eclipse, the Moon was just a day past perigee which is its closest point to Earth in its orbit making it appear very large and bright (about 14 per cent). The Moon, which goes around the Earth in an elliptical orbit, gets closest to the Earth at one point, known as perigee.
Over 500 people gathered at the India Gate to watch this phenomenon at an event organised by SPACE India, a start-up focusing on astronomy education and astro-tourism services, used the Dobsonian telescope to give a very clear and crisp view of the Supermoon to keen watchers. The Moon appeared 20 times bigger than it appears to the naked eye.
Apart from Delhi, Space India organised the event in five other cities, Chennai, Bengaluru, Surat, Dehradun and Meerut and Gurugram. Millions across the world were witness to the rare lunar celestial sight giving a visual treat for a lifetime.