Super Blue Blood Moon Preview

Super Blue Blood Moon Preview

Troy Powers
January 31, 2018

While it won't be a Super Blue Blood Moon, you will still see a total lunar eclipse and the blood moon that comes with it.

On 31 January, a rare celestial event is going to take place after 150 years. Unfortunately for the Eastern portion of the United States, viewing the event will be a challenge.

The moon will be higher at that time - about 30 degrees, or three fist widths, above the horizon.

A supermoon is a full moon near its closest point in orbit around the earth. However, it can be hard for the human eye to perceive the differences from Earth.

"At 1.50am the moon is totally in the main earth shadow and that's when it turns red".

The event will take place over several hours, but will begin at 5:48 the full moon slowly starts to pass into the earth's shadow, creating what Shadick describes as a "cosmic cookie monster" effect. A lunar eclipse only happens when there's a full moon.

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And scientists say that information gathered during the event could help them figure out where to land a rover on the moon.

I'm sure you've heard or said the phrase "once in a blue moon" when referring to something that doesn't happen very often.

Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas and Oklahoma City will enjoy both a clear sky and the total lunar eclipse. That is when the full moon will be completely red and engulfed in the full shadow of the earth. "Kinda like looking at all the sunrises and sunsets all at once".

"There should be some shade of reddish colour visible during the total phase of the eclipse", he said. Almost 152 years later, the trifecta celestial event dubbed as the Super Blue Blood Moon will occur again just before sunrise January 31, 2018. Benner said blue moons happen, on average, about once every 2.7 years. The full moon will rise on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 30, and set around daybreak on Wednesday, Jan. 31, local time. The other two were on December 3 and January 2 - the latter was also called a wolf moon because Native American tribes would hear hungry wolves howling during the January full moon.

The world is about to witness a "super blue blood moon" on Wednesday morning, the first since September 2015. This translates to a very small difference in brightness and apparent size. The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand said there will be a second lunar eclipse in 2018, and it will also be total.