Super Blue Blood Moon And Lunar Eclipse on 31 January
The phenomenon of a Blue Moon, Supermoon and total Lunar Eclipse has not occurred in the United States in more than 150 years.
A spectacular lunar event — a blue moon, supermoon and total lunar eclipse causing a “blood” moon on the same night — occurs in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 31 January.
Those 3 events have not coincided in more than 150 years.
Whether you willbe able to see the lunar eclipse, especially, and the supermoon depends on where you live and the local weather forecast.
The East Coast won’t have the best view of the show, but if the conditions are right you can see some of it. It looks like you’ll have a chance.
“Unfortunately eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone,” a program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said in a statement. The eclipse begins at 5:51a EST, as the moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east.
Viewers in New York or Washington, DC, may see something, but not much, according to NASA. The darker part of the Earth’s shadow will begin to blanket part of the moon with a reddish hue around 6:48a EST, but the moon will set less than a half hour later.
“So your best opportunity if you live in the East is to head outside about 6:45 a.m. and get to a high place to watch the start of the eclipse—make sure you have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west-northwest, opposite from where the Sun will rise,” he said.
A lunar eclipse can only happen at a full moon, and can occur a minimum of two times to a maximum of five times in a calendar year, there will be 5 lunar eclipses in 2018, according to Earthsky.org, but only the 31 January lunar eclipse will be visible in the United States.
The next time a total lunar eclipse will be visible in North America is 21 January 2019, and it will be visible throughout all of the United States. It will also be a supermoon, but it will not be a blue moon.
The eclipse aside, the supermoon will be spectacular, though appearing smaller than the two that preceded it.
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