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Skywatchers see 'super blue blood Moon'

Skywatchers see 'super blue blood Moon'

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The night sky had a display in store on Wednesday 31 January, with a lunar event being called the "Super blue blood moon". For Australia, Asia and some parts of the US and Eastern Europe, there was a lunar eclipse, as the Earth passed between the Sun and the Moon. On the very same night, our only natural satellite entered the closest point to us in its elliptical orbit. It is also the second full Moon of the month, commonly called a blue moon. The eclipse began at 10:51 GMT and ended at 16:08 GMT.The word "blood" has been used to describe the deep red colour of the sunlight that passes through Earth's atmosphere to illuminate our celestial neighbour. Supermoon watchingThis red glow was produced by the same effect that gave us blue skies and red sunsets, Dr Shannon Schmoll, director of Abra...
Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

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Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky before dawn on Monday.The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star. In the UK, the best viewing time will be 40 minutes before sunrise.Jupiter's four Galilean moons will also be visible to those with a telescope. Clear skies are needed - and forecast for much of England and Wales.Watch: The dog that orbited the earthThe astronaut who was told she would never go to spaceThe planets will be seen best by those in mid-northern latitudes around the world, including the UK and northern US.Observers will have to have an uninterrupted view to the south-east as the planets will be very low in the sky.You may also like: Let's block ads! (Why?) ...