Eugene Science Center hosts total lunar eclipse viewing party

There's an unusual celestial event taking place this week: An eclipse will occur during the moon's closest pass to earth and a blue supermoon. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the "super blue blood moon" will be visible during moonrise on the morning of January 31.

If the weather gods co-operate, the "super blue blood moon" on January 31 is one of them. "The eclipse will be harder to see in the lightening pre-dawn sky, and the moon will set after 7am as the sun rises", The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement.

Explaining the phenomenon, Sidharth said that during the lunar eclipse, the earth comes exactly between the sun and the moon and the earth's shadow falls on the moon.

The total eclipse will begin at 6:48 a.m.

Here's the thing, though, for North Dakotans - you'll have to get up fairly early Wednesday morning to see it. For the eastern US and Canada, a clear view will be limited as the Moon sets and the Sun rises during the early stages of the eclipse.

The eclipse will be visible for almost four hours, according to NASA, but it will only be visible in totality for an hour and 43 minutes.

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Blue moons are not very common because the moon goes through all of its phases once every 28 days.

First, we'll notice the super blue moon first on Tuesday night.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is full and its orbit is closest to the Earth.

Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The lunar eclipse/full moon this week will actually occur many hours after this event, which will happen at 10:56 am EST the morning of January 30th.

"So if you live in Kansas City or Chicago, your best viewing will be from about 6:15 until 6:30 a.m.", said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

For the best view of the supermoon, make sure that you're as far away from light pollution as possible. In this case, the Moon will appear 14 percent smaller than normal and 30 percent dimmer. It'll be a long wait for skywatchers in the United States as Johnston predicts the next visible lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019.

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