NASA details 'super blue blood moon' visible on January 31

  • NASA details 'super blue blood moon' visible on January 31

NASA details 'super blue blood moon' visible on January 31

A very special total lunar eclipse will grace skies above the Western United States on January 31.

A Supermoon simply occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth (also known as perigee) while the moon is in its full phase.

How rare is the event?

The last morning of January 2018 will be marked by the second full moon of the month, known as a "Blue Moon".

Stages of the January 31, 2018, "Super Blue Blood Moon" are depicted here in Pacific Time with "moonset" times for major cities across the USA, and these times affect how much of the event a viewer can observe.

So then what is a Blue Moon?

The long-term forecast for January 30 and 31 is partially sunny with a few showers. He lives in Ottawa so he will see the moon moving into the shadow just as the moon sets. Space India has group observations with telescopes that are open to all, from 6-9.30pm, at Delhi's India Gate and Chennai's Elliot's Beach-see here for the list and updates.

"The moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere".

Lunar Eclipse occurs about two times annually.

Before dawn this Wednesday, Jan. 31, the first total lunar eclipse of its kind in over 150 years will take place.

The last supermoon occurred on December 3, when it was 222,761 miles (358,499km) from Earth. This red ring as seen from the moon filters all shorter wavelengths of light, projecting only red light onto the moon's surface.About 7:07 a.m., after one hour and 16 minutes, the moon begins to emerge from Earth's dark red shadow.

Here's how to get the best view: Shortly around sunset, look out towards the east and ensure you have an unobstructed view of the horizon. This lunar eclipse is coinciding with a blue and witness blue moon.

Here is where the super part comes in.

The visible partial eclipse will begin at 18.48.

The eclipse will last nearly 3 ½ hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:48 a.m. PT until it ends at 7:12 a.m. PT, according to Sky and Telescope.