On Wednesday night a complete lunar eclipse will occur during the second full moon of the month, while the moon is on its closest orbit to the Earth.
A super moon is when you have a new or full moon at the same time the Moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit. The first supermoon of the month appeared on 1 January, which was the second member of a trilogy that started with last month's supermoon and will end with the one on 31 January. This week's lunar eclipse of a blue moon is even more rare - the first of its kind in more than 150 years.
There, they'll be able to see a red moon, or a total lunar eclipse. Hence, on 31 January, along with the lunar eclipse, Supermoon, a Blue moon will also occur.
The lunar eclipse is set to last three and a half hours, it will begin at 3:48 a.m. PT and sets at 7:12 a.m. PT. "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, research scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Due to the sun rising and pre-dawn lighting, the eclipse will not be as clear to see, then the moon will set right around 7 a.m.
"Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish", said George Johnston, lunar blogger at NASA, in a press statement. It will also appear 30% brighter than when the moon is farthest from earth (or about 16% brighter than an average full moon).
"For the (continental) USA, the viewing will be best in the west", said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington on NASA's website. The closest approach the Moon will make to the planet occurs on the night of January 30, according to Space.com, which would be a peak Supermoon if it was a full moon at that time. The moon will gradually take on a slight reddish glow over part of its surface before it descends below the horizon at 6:50 a.m. CST.
It occurs when Earth blocks sunlight making Moon completely dark. Not only is the atmosphere smog free but after the recent snowfall the skies have become clearer offering an uninterrupted view. 2019, but that one won't be a blue moon. And it's not like a solar eclipse where you need special filters. The next total lunar eclipse visible across North America will occur January 21, 2019.