Super blue blood moon promises extremely rare treat on January 31

Super blue blood moon promises extremely rare treat on January 31

Super blue blood moon promises extremely rare treat on January 31

To make the event even more spectacular, the full moon will also be a supermoon like the one on January 1.

As Physics goes, during an eclipse, the moon should actually not be visible and should be black in colour as it remains behind the earth's shadow.

A blue moon, though the subject of a popular idiom you've likely heard from your mother on the rarity of an event, is arguably the most common occurrence. Now sky watchers are preparing for an even more rare event this month: a blue moon total lunar eclipse.

Unfortunately, viewing the eclipse will be more hard in the Eastern Time Zone and will be the best to see out West, in the continental U.S. 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.

As for the total lunar eclipse, it will be visible early in the morning of January 31 from western North America across the Pacific to eastern Asia, NASA said.

"Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish", says NASA's Gordon Johnston in a statement.

The next lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019 and will be visible throughout all of the U.S.

On Jan. 31, there will be a lunar eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon. During a perigee, the moon is about 14 percent brighter than usual.

The eclipse will last nearly 4 hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 5:48 a.m. until it ends at 9:12 a.m., according to Sky and Telescope.

Skywatchers will get a rare treat as three rare phenomena come together for next week's full moon. The eclipse will begin at 4:51 a.m and by 6:15 a.m. CST the moon will have a noticeable red tint.

By that time, however, the moon will already have set in the eastern time zone. This happens as the moon is in the earth's shadow.

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