January 31 Brings Triple Celestial Treat that is Rarely Seen


A blue moon total lunar eclipse has not occurred in the Western Hemisphere since 1866, but the Eastern Hemisphere saw one in 1982, Space.com reports.

A blue moon is arguably the most common, and is used to described the second full moon within a calendar month.

The event will start in the early hours on January 31 and last into the morning of February 1.

The world is waiting to witness Blood Moon on January 31, a rare phenomenon appearing in the sky after 150 years, the time when Earth's very own moon will be red in colour during the eclipse.

With the blue moon, super moon, and blood moon happening all at the same time, there is no denying that the evening of January 31 this year is a date worth anticipating.

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The Jan. 31 full moon is special because it's the third in a series of supermoons, when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and about 14 percent brighter than usual. Apart from being a total lunar eclipse, it will be a blue moon, a blood moon and a super moon as well.

"Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish", says NASA's Gordon Johnston in a statement. "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". You'll get the chance to catch a glimpse of one soon. "The moon crosses through our Earth's shadow, causing our moon's illuminated surface to act as a lens, and giving the once bland greyscale surface to glow a soft peachy red".

The eclipse will last nearly 3½ 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.

People living in the Central time zone will have a little bit of an easier time viewing the Super Blue Blood moon. Pacific Time will be the best time to view the eclipse.

For those living in the western part of the USA, you will have an entire hour to view the lunar event.