Will There Be A "Super Blue Blood Moon" This Week?

Will There Be A

The January 31st super blue moon will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality, viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia, per NASA. "The eclipse will be harder to see in the lightening pre-dawn sky, and the moon will set after 7am as the sun rises", The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement. While not all of the U.S. will get to see the entire eclipse, NASA will be televising it online and giving views from California and Arizona. "It's just a full moon turning darker so it's very safe to look at", says "backyard astronomer" Gary Boyle. However, when the Moon is completely shadowed by the Earth, it looks reddish because the Earth's atmosphere's gas molecules will reflect the Sunlight's blue wavelength, while the red wavelength will pass through them.

Explaining the phenomenon, Sidharth said that during the lunar eclipse, the earth comes exactly between the sun and the moon and the earth's shadow falls on the moon. And unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to watch in the night with the naked eye.

The early bird gets to witness a total lunar eclipse this week. Since the Earth's shadow is larger than the moon, the eclipse will last for more than an hour, starting at 5:51 a.m. and ending at 7:07 a.m. People in Hawaii, Alaska and on the West Coast will have the best chance to view the eclipse in its entirety, weather permitting. "While the moon is in the earth's shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a 'blood moon, '" NASA explained.

The moon orbits Earth once in about 29 days, and there are about 12 full moons each year. The earlier you're out, the better the view. "Where we are, we are basically going to see the moon turn red and the moon will be closer to Earth so it will appear bigger than normal". But don't worry if you miss it: Lunar eclipses happen, on average, a couple of times a year.




Although viewers in the United Kingdom and Africa will not be treated to the eclipse this time around, they can always livestream the event online via Nasa or the Virtual Telescope Project's website.

The total eclipse will begin at 6:48 a.m.

Partial eclipse ends at 7:11 a.m.

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