Rare supermoon appears in Dubai skies this week

On Wednesday night, January 31, an extremely rare “super blue moon” lunar eclipse will appear in the skies of Dubai.

The rare moon is a combination of three lunar activities – an extra large supermoon, a total lunar eclipse, and a blue moon. This lunar phenomenon would be so close to the planet that can be viewed by the naked eye.

A supermoon is “a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptical orbit, resulting in a larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.”

On the other hand, a lunar eclipse “occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra. This can occur only when the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle.”

Lastly, a blue moon is a “phenomenon whereby the moon appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere.”

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Event:

The Dubai Astronomy has also organized a viewing event to see the rare “super blue blood moon” lunar eclipse on Wednesday night.

The event will happen at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Mushrif Park from 5pm to 9pm.

The entry fee for the event will cost Dh20 for adults, Dh10 for kids, and Dh30 for families of 4.

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