How to Watch the "Super Blue Blood Moon" on Jan 31

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How to Watch the "Super Blue Blood Moon" on Jan 31

This total lunar eclipse is called a #Super Blue Blood Moon because three moon events are going to take place on a single night.

During a supermoon it will appear around 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon.

It's the second full moon of the month and commonly known as a blue moon.

Stages of the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon" (weather permitting) are depicted in Pacific Time with "moonset" times for major cities across the USA, which affect how much of the event viewers will see. Or, more specifically, once in a super blue blood moon.

The event will be most noticeable starting with the partial eclipse beginning at 4:48 a.m. Staff will have telescopes available so friends and family can get a closer look at the moon. The last one occurred in 1866. The moon has a reddish-copper color tint. Since the total eclipse happens right at moonset, it may be hard for people in western Kentucky to see it.

A supermoon lights up the sky when the full moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit - which is called the perigee. It was an error, but it is now considered the second definition of blue moon.

Lucky for skywatchers, January 31 just happens to be a full moon, and not just a regular full Supermoon at that. It happens about every three years, which is infrequently enough to make "blue moon" synonymous with rarity. Then around 6:15 a.m. the Earth's reddish shadow will be noticeable on the Moon.

It will be many years before we see this combination again, so it's not to be missed. You'd see people experiencing sunrise and sunset all at the same time. The next time a supermoon and a lunar eclipse will occur simultaneously (ignoring the blue moon part of the trifecta) will be on 21 January 2019. Our next total lunar eclipse will take place on July 27th, but it will only be visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The lunar eclipse, which lasts for several hours, also turns the moon a shade of red. The peak eclipse is just out of sight from the continental US when it happens, but watchers in the east coast can still catch the Blue Supermoon getting eclipsed at early morning of January 31.