Everything You Need to Know to Watch This Month's Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Everything You Need to Know to Watch This Month's Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Everything You Need to Know to Watch This Month's Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

The last day of January will bring a rare treat for skygazers: It's a full moon, but the second one in one calendar month, so it becomes a blue moon.

The event will combine 3 phenomena at the same time, a blue moon, a supermoon, and a total lunar eclipse, which will be most visible in the Eastern hemisphere.

Definitely, a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, happening after 152 years.an incredible celestial event is all set to take place on 31 Jan, where a combination of a lunar eclipse, a super moon and a blue moon will take place together, and is described as "A Lunar Trifecta" by NASA.

While the entire US will get a partial view of the moon that day, NASA researchers say sky watchers in Alaska, California, and Hawaii will get the best look at the Super Blue Blood Moon.

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"Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish", said Johnston.

Like the Earth, half the moon is illuminated by the sun at any one time. And how can it be a blue moon if it's also a blood moon and looks red?

But we have good news for everyone hoping to catch the blood moon 2018: The super blue blood moon can be seen from anywhere as long as it's nighttime.

A supermoon will be visible on January 31 and it's the second one just this month.

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"Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone", he continued.

The lunar obscuration will start in the Rocky Mountain district around 4:48 a.m. MST, as the darker piece of Earth's inward shadow covers the moon.

Why does it look red?

"The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east". The moon is fully in Earth's shadow.

NASA planetary geologist Sarah Noble explained to Newsweek: "Unlike a solar eclipse, which is only visible to those in a narrow swath, a lunar eclipse is usually visible to about half the globe (the half where it is nighttime)". "The next full "supermoon" will appear only 7% bigger and a bit brighter than an average full Moon", said Italian astrophysicist, Gianluca Masi in a statement. The blue colors within the white light are filtered out, and then the remainder of the light is refracted onto the moon by our atmosphere, leaving the eery red tones you'll see in the sky.

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You can check when the lunar eclipse begins for your city here. The event will end at around 6:05 a.m. PT.

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