3 in 1: Blood Moon, Super Moon, Lunar Eclipse happening tomorrow

by Fredrick Graves January 31, 2018, 4:13
3 in 1: Blood Moon, Super Moon, Lunar Eclipse happening tomorrow

In the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2018, there will be a rare opportunity for skywatchers to see the second full moon of January - a Blue Moon - become totally eclipsed.

FULL: While the moon will be full precisely at 8:37 ET Wednesday morning, it'll still be plenty big through the rest of the night and for the next night or two.

The best way to see the super blood red blue moon is to head west or hop on an airplane.

"You will have a full moon taking place when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit", Baker says. But despite their name, blue moons don't actually appear blue.

A "Blue Moon" is when there's a second full moon in a month.

About the same time next year, Monday, Jan. 21, another total lunar eclipse will traverse the Tucson sky that can been seen from start to finish.

The lunar surface will be cast in a ghostly red pallor as the Earth's dark shadow moves across it.

It has to do with the sunlight, travelling through the earth's atmosphere on its way to the moon.

People hoping to catch a glimpse of the blue supermoon eclipse on Wednesday are going to need an early alarm.

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At 5:47 AM, the main shadow of the Earth will move across the moon and will slowly turn red.

The eclipse will begin at 4:48 a.m.in the Mountain Time Zone with a peak at 6:30 a.m.

It will look extremely dramatic and like a bite has been taken out of the side of the moon, according to Andrew Fazekas.

The partial lunar eclipse starts in Richmond at 5:51am tomorrow, reaching its max around 7:10am, and ending around 7:13am at moon set.

So how can you see this once-in-a-lifetime moon?

MetService suggested the best chance of seeing the rare eclipse might be in Gisborne and parts of Northland.

Either way, it's guaranteed to impress, provided the skies are clear. Delaware, however, will be presented with a much smaller spectacle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Chief Scientist Jim Garvin said.

Tuesday's forecast high is 71 degrees, the weather service said, with 72-degree highs forecast for both Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Sky and Telescope, the last blue moon total lunar eclipse visible from North America happened on March 31, 1866.

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