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Date with Super Blue Blood Moon today ! Full Lunar eclipse of 2018

Wednesday - January 31, 2018 2:25 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL


A very special evening of Wednesday is ready to witness a rare and unique view of "Super blue blood Moon" today.  A verbose lunar event will take place where retina reflects cool and calm moon to Super blue blood moon. But there won’t be blood and Blue, only total lunar eclipse.

The adjectives blood and blue make today’s moon special as according to American space agency NASA the January 31 full moon is special with 3 reasons.

When the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit it becomes 14 per cent brighter than usual. It is also the second full moon of the month commonly known as a "blue moon."

The super blue moon will pass through Earth s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. And while the Moon is in the Earth s shadow it will take on a reddish tint known as a "blood moon."




The eclipse will be visible from all over India. The timing of total eclipse in India would start around 6.25 pm after sunset and it would be over in an hour's time by 7:25 pm.

Moon: A symbol of Love and romance

Interestingly Moon always is a part of romance and fantasy in poetry, literature and films. Especially Indian poets and writers has always considered moon as synonym of beauty and romance. Full moon is also related with horror in several literatures and movies.

Perhaps the moon may be the cool and calm to reflect romantic emotions where a man can perceive in his life, besides his lady love. From ancient to modern poet all do mention a lovely romantic moonlight night in their creations. In Bollywood, several songs are based on moon where witness of their love story is moon and hero equate heroine with moon. Moon is the witness of their love and as a massager also.


Lunar and solar eclipse and Indian mythology: Sun, Moon and Rahu

The story of eclipses in Hindu mythology came at the time of “samudra manthan”, as mentioned in Puranas. When amrit or elixir of immortality was churned out of the ocean, the Devas want to Asuras (demons) out of this so they used lord Vishnu as apsara Mohini as a trick to out Asuras. But Asura name Svarbhanu masked himself as a Devas, and sat between the Sun and the Moon for a drink of the elixir.

When Vishnu as Mohini came closer, the Sun and the Moon revealed that Svarbhanu was a demon but Svarbhanu had already sipped on the drink. Vishnu immediately cut off his head, but since the demon had already swallowed a bit of the nectar, his head became immortal many ways.

Then after the head of demon became a seprate entity and called as Rahu and the detached body came to be known as Ketu, then Rahu and Ketu swore revenge against the Sun and the Moon for depriving him of the elixir. So, from time to time, Rahu catches up with the Sun and the Moon, and swallows them. The incident doesn't last long because Rahu has no hands to grab onto these two celestial gods.

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