Super Blue Blood Moon This Wednesday the 31st

Image via @rochelle_fox

Image via @rochelle_fox

To recap, the second full moon-the blue moon-of January, which also happens to be the second super moon of the new year, will orbit into Earth's shadow, causing a lunar eclipse, or blood moon, best visible to those in the Western United States and other lands bordering the Pacific Ocean: Super blue blood moon.

Avid stargazers will be treated to a very unusual lunar event next week - a super blue blood moon. That's not all. Full Moon occurs only about a day from perigee, the moon's closest approach to Earth, so this will also be a supermoon.

"So for viewers in NY or Washington, D.C., the Moon will enter the outer part of Earth's shadow at 5:51 a.m., but (lunar blogger Gordon) Johnston said it won't be all that noticeable".

Informing this, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said in a statement that people in Qatar have a good chance to see the Blue Moon from the evening of January 31, Wednesday, until the next morning. On an average, Blue Moons occur around only once every two and a half years. When the eclipse of January 31 is nearly over, the moon would have just crossed the perigee position a day earlier with a distance of 358,993 kilometers from the Earth, making this eclipse as "Supermoon Eclipse".

And there you have it: a super blue blood moon.

Visibility of the January 31 lunar eclipse. He says that it's important to keep in mind that the moon is a moving object: "It's a balancing act between trying to get the right exposure and realizing that the shutter speed typically needs to be a lot faster".

The best time to see the supermoon will be directly after moonrise and just before sunrise. So, here's a breakdown of what is going on and what you can expect to see here in CNY.


At the same time, the moon will be passing through the darkest part of the Earth's shadow.

While New Yorkers will still be able to appreciate the "super" and "blue" parts to the phenomena, the timing of the eclipse (the "blood" part) makes it harder for people on the East Coast to see it.

And the "blood moon" business? I suppose you could call a full moon furthest away a minimoon or a micromoon, but that doesn't have much pizzazz. The moon will exit the umbra by 8.40 pm and the eclipse will end by 9.40 pm. Because the moon's cycle takes just over 29 days, the event can occur in any month when a full moon rises on the first or second night of the month.

If you don't want to get up early to watch the moon glow red, Noble won't judge.

What is a blue moon?

If you can't go out to see it, or clouds obscure your view, NASA TV plans to broadcast the entire event.

Totality should start at about 4:51 a.m. PT. The moon will not actually appear purple, nor will have it a cape-but January 31 is a great time to gaze up and enjoy the night sky.

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