If you’re in the north of Lapland today, and if the skies are clear, then you’re in a prime location to see a very rare lunar eclipse event.
A ‘super blue blood moon’ will be visible between 15:00 and 17:00, best viewed somewhere north of a line from Kokkola to Lappeenranta – but the best views of all are up in Utsjoki when the moon rises at 14:40 and the eclipse begins 12 minutes later.
The moon can be viewed with the naked eye, no need for goggles. The current forecast is for partly cloudy skies.
So why is the event called a ‘super blue blood moon’?
Well, a ‘super’ moon is one that appears up to 30% brighter and 14% larger than when it’s at it’s apogee – the furthest from planet Earth.
A ‘blue’ moon is what it’s called when you get a second full moon in the same month – there was a full moon already on 1st January 2018.
And the ‘blood’ part is the red tint the Earth’s shadow casts on the moon during a lunar eclipse, according to NASA.
A combination of all those factors is a rare phenomenon indeed.
The last time it happened was back on 31st March 1866. And the next time we’ll be able to experience a ‘super blue blood moon’ will be 31st January 2037.
Finland doesn’t have to wait too long for the next regular lunar eclipse, there’s one coming up in July.