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Get Ready For A Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31

Get Ready For A Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31

The super blue moon will pass through Earth's shadow to give viewers a total lunar eclipse.

Dr. Michael Pierce, University of Wyoming associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, said the "super" designation is a result of the elliptical shape of the moon's orbit.

The best viewing will be on the West Coast, Hawaii and Alaska.

The term blue moon has been around for hundreds of years, but in the last several years two new slang names have been added to our lexicon regarding the moon; super moon and blood moon. In general, perigee full moons can be up to 14 percent bigger than apogee full moons, and up to 30 percent brighter... About 10 percent of that light is reflected by the moon, which then does a return trip 200,000 miles back to the Earth where it hits a tiny hole about ΒΌ inch in diameter and is focused onto your retina. A blue moon is relatively rare, happening about once every two years... but there's nothing about it that makes it really appear blue. The next supermoon will be January 20, 2019. Because it is the second full moon of the month, it's called a "blue moon".

The time between full moons is 29.5 days, and the average length of a calendar month is a little over 30 days. "If you live in North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31", NASA said in an official release. There are two different definitions of blue moon. In March we'll have a full moon on the 1st and a blue moon on the 31st.

The moon will appear blood red when it is fully within the Earth's shadow. Rather, it's lit by light filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, via the same spectral filtering - a mechanism known as Rayleigh scattering - that causes red sunsets and sunrises.

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If you're hoping to catch the eclipse, here's how you can see it.

"Lunar eclipses are much more common, of course, than solar eclipses, such as we saw last August", Pierce said. This eclipse will be visible in southeastern Colorado.

There are usually a couple of lunar eclipses each year so if you do miss it this time around, the next one will happen on July 27. Totality will be during the 5 a.m. hour.

Super: because the moon will be close to earth. For it to occur, the planets had to align. For the eastern US, the last visible one was May 31, 1844. We haven't seen a trifecta like this for more than 150 years. Obviously for it to happen you need to have the first full moon very close to the first of month and the blue moon near the end of the month. Those in the western U.S.as well as Australia and Asia should have the best views, Aufdenberg said. The Virtual Telescope project provides a livestream of the supermoon's eclipse over Rome's skyline, beginning at 6:30am ET (11:30am UTC).

A combination of photos show the moon turning a reddish colour during an eclipse in Brussels, Belgium, in 2015.

However, those who are disappointed should be over the moon on January 20, 2019, when Daytona will be in a prime position to see a super blood moon.


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