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Celestial spectacle over Kuwait
February 1, 2018, 3:48 pm

Kuwait’s night sky was lit up by an unusual cosmic occurrence, the appearance of a ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’, on 31 January. This event, a combination of an extra big super moon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse, or a ‘lunar trifecta’, was last seen in December 1982. The reddish-orange hued, larger than normal sized moon, was visible to sky-watchers across Kuwait.

The title ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ comes because the full moon appears ‘super’, larger and brighter than usual due to it being at its closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth; while the ‘blue’ refers to it being the second full moon in a calendar month. The ‘blood’ denotes the reddish-orange glow that arises when a lunar eclipse, which places the Earth between the Sun and Moon, results in sunlight getting refracted or bent, as it skims through the Earth’s atmosphere. The Earth’s atmosphere and refraction filters out the shorter wavelengths of light such as blue, and leaves the larger wavelengths such as red and orange to reflect off the moon’s surface.

The lunar eclipse which began at 10:51GMT and ended at 16:08GMT was visible to stargazers across North America, Australia, and large swathes of Asia and Middle-East.

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