Super blue blood moon expected in January

No full moon for you! John Chumack and Bob King  Forum News Service

Have you ever seen a "super blue blood moon?" The darker part of Earth's shadow will begin to blanket part of the Moon with a reddish tint at 6:48 a.m. EST, but the Moon will set less than a half-hour later, according to NASA.

"As for the next Super Blue Blood Moon, there's no definitive answer that I've been able to discover". Shortly before the blue moon starts, Earth's lone natural satellite will reach a point known as perigee, where it is at its closest point to the planet and appears much larger to the naked eye. We will experience a total lunar eclipse.

As well as being a supermoon and a blue moon, January 31 will also have a lunar eclipse - when the moon passes behind Earth and falls into its shadow. Firstly, a blue moon is a rare phenomenon, which occurs about every two-and-a-half years when two full moons happen in the same calendar month.

People living in North America, Alaska, Hawaii: the best visibility will be before sunrise on January 31 (Wednesday morning).




For those who enjoy the wonders of the night sky, prepare for a rare triple treat January 31, with a supermoon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse.

In the United States, the best view of the eclipse will be along the West Coast.

The change in the color of the moon during a total lunar eclipse is due to the fact that it does not get direct light from the sun, and the only light it displays is the one refracted through earth's atmosphere.

The eclipse will last nearly 3½ hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:48 a.m. PT until it ends at 7:12 a.m. PT, according to Sky and Telescope. Once in a (super) blue (blood) moon, some might say. At 4:51 a.m., totality will begin, with the best viewing between about 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. local time. "Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone".

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