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Jakarta Post

Clouds may block view of super blue blood moon: Weather agency

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 31, 2018   /   05:47 pm
Clouds may block view of super blue blood moon: Weather agency Be prepared: Ismail, a staff member at the Kota Tua management unit, tests a telescope that will be used to monitor the super blue blood moon on Wednesday. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

It might be difficult to catch a glimpse of a rare celestial phenomenon called the “super blue blood moon” on Wednesday evening, as cloudy skies and rainfall are forecast in most areas across the country, the weather agency has said.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has forecast that the skies in most cities across the country will be covered with clouds during the super blue blood moon, which is expected to occur between 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 1 a.m. on Thursday, with the peak lasting from 7:51 p.m. to 9:07 p.m.

Clouds and potential rainfall are expected in a number of cities, including Denpasar in Bali, Manado in North Sulawesi, Jayapura in Papua and Yogyakarta, the agency says.

(Read also: Residents urged to anticipate tidal floods during supermoon)

Kepahiyang regency in Bengkulu will potentially be blanketed in fog on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, Jakarta and Tangerang are expected to be lightly covered with clouds with a coverage level of between 12 and 25 percent, respectively.

“People will need high-powered binoculars or telescopes to see the Moon due to the weather conditions,” BMKG spokesman Hary Tirto Djatmiko told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

The rare phenomenon of a super blue blood moon happens because of the simultaneous occurrence of a super moon (when the Moon is at its closest point to the earth, causing it so seem 14 percent larger and brighter than usual), a blue moon (the second full moon within a month) and a blood moon (a lunar eclipse during which the Moon turns a dark reddish color). (ebf)