Triple risk: 'Tremendous blue blood moon' to rise January 31

Jan 29, 2018, 02:41
Triple risk: 'Tremendous blue blood moon' to rise January 31

That said, don't worry if you can't tell the difference between this supermoon and your average full moon, because it likely won't look all that much brighter to most casual observers.

The Grand Strand could see a partial lunar eclipse Wednesday morning, during the second full moon of 2018, known as the super blue blood moon eclipse.

The next lunar eclipse that can be viewed by Canadians coast to coast is January 21, 2019. People on the East Coast will not have as great a view, since the eclipse begins just as the moon is about to set and the sky is getting lighter.

The day will see a lunar eclipse which is also a "Super Blue" moon, making it truly a once in a blue moon event.

While a blue moon is no more blue than made of cheese, it represents a quirk in the calendar that gives rise to a second full moon in a single month.

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A blood moon occurs when sunlight to the moon is blocked by the earth's shadow during an eclipse.

"If people are having to get up for work or school, or if they're willing to get up, then this is very democratic - anyone can just go outside and look for the moon". The eclipse will peak at 5:29 a.m., with the total eclipse ceasing at 6:07 a.m. and the partial eclipse ending at 7:11 a.m. Otherwise, your view of the sinking moon partly in Earth's darkest shadow (umbra) will be blocked.

Where the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, known as the period of totality, it will last just over one and a quarter hours, according to EarthSky. But when you break it all down, what exactly makes this moon so unusual?

"For the [CONTINENTAL] US, the viewing will be best in the west", said Gordon Johnston, programme executive and lunar blogger at Nasa.

GETTYA blood moon against a clear night sky, the December 31 supermoon rising over TorontoWhat time is the lunar eclipse in the US?

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The Virtual Telescope Project will also live stream the eclipse with source material in Australia and the U.S. beginning 6:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT) until 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT).

Supermoons will occur when the moon is less than 360,000 kilometres away from the Earth and no specific equipment is required to see this phenomenon.

If you've got a good imagination, the best view would be from the moon, he says. Slooh spokespeople will narrate the progress of our satellite beginning 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT), offering lunar science and mythology.

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.

Perhaps the most impressive (and visually noticeable) part of this lunar event is the fact that it's also a "blood" moon. The eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31 for those in North America, Alaska and Hawaii.

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