How to see the 'super blue blood moon'

Blue Moon to appear over Qatar sky on January 31

If you live on the west coast, you're in for a rare treat in the wee hours of January 31: a "blue moon" lunar eclipse. Great question and here's the answer: This is our second "super full moon" of not only 2018 but January, as well which answers the "super" and "blue" parts of the title.

And it's a "blood moon" because it will pass through the Earth's shadow, a lunar eclipse. Because of its closer proximity to Earth, the moon will shine about 14 percent brighter than the moon is at its most distant point in orbit.

In addition, the full moon (10:47 am Wednesday) is also the second of the month, which is the "Blue Moon".

So what exactly does this "Super Blue Blood Moon" entail?

What is a "super blue blood moon" anyway?

Although parts of the three-and-a-half-hour lunar eclipse will be seen across North America, "people get a better and better show closer to the west coast", he says. Mathematically, there are about 29.5 days between full moons, so a blue moon only occurs once every 2.7 years, according to astronomy and mathematics. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. Blue light is filtered out, leaving the moon looking reddish during an eclipse.

To see the whole eclipse you can tune in online beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST on January 31, for a live feed of the moon on NASA TV and NASA live.

The date of a full moon doesn't affect the full moon's color.

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Viewers in Whatcom County will have to wake up before sunrise to see the eclipse. That is the time when the sun is on one side of Earth and the moon is on the opposite side. "They expect to see something spectacular - and it is fantastic even if that might be true of most full moons when viewed on the horizon".

While the January 31 lunar eclipse will be tough to see from some parts of the United States, there are other spectacular heavenly displays in store for Americans in the future.

The moon's orbit also changes slightly during an 18 year cycle due to what is called precession. You'll see Earth's shadow progressing over the moon for a period of time.

Unfortunately, for those on the east coast, the moon will have already set by the time the eclipse begins.

The total eclipse will end at 19:08PST, partial eclipse at 20:11 and the penumbral eclipse at 21:08PST. Unfortunately for MI, this means the moon will be setting in the west and undergoing eclipse as it sets in the western sky and the glow of day begins.

"Sometimes the celestial rhythms sync up just right to wow us".

Totality should start at about 4:51 a.m. PT. He lives in Ottawa so he will see the moon moving into the shadow just as the moon sets.

"I have always been fascinated by the night sky", Johnston said.

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