'Super Blue Blood Moon' visible January 31st

No full moon for you! John Chumack and Bob King  Forum News Service

The next total lunar eclipse visible from India will be on July 27, 2018, but it will not be a blue moon or super moon.

A blue moon occurs about every two and half years, and this term is for the second full moon in a single calendar month. What people are calling the Super Blood Moon will appear early morning on Wednesday, January 31.

Although the super blue blood moon will be visible to the naked eye, if you're after some expert commentary to go along with your viewing, join the Dubai Astronomy Group at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Mushrif Park.

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.

On January 31, a "super blue blood moon" will be visible across the country's skies, comprising a total lunar eclipse, a super moon, and a blue moon all at once. "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".

For viewers on the East coast, your best opportunity is to head outside about 6:45 a.m. and make sure to get to a high place to watch the start of the eclipse. On America's East Coast the eclipse will start coming into view at 5:51 a.m. and will give viewers in cities like NY only a small window to see the reddish moon. The red coloring is why the moon also gets the nickname of the "blood 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. During a perigee, the moon is about 14 percent brighter than usual.

So, if you are living in Metro Vancouver, you are in for this once in a lifetime treat! However, you'll have a further hour and four minutes to view the partial eclipse, which will last until 7.11pm, as the moon comes out from the eclipse.

By that time, however, the moon will already have set in the eastern time zone.

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