What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Super Blue Blood Moon

What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Super Blue Blood Moon

You may have heard of super-moons, blue moons, and blood moons, and, depending on where you are on January 31, you'll be able to see all three in one.

The last time the planets aligned this way was nearly 152 years ago in 1866, according to the Science Centre Singapore. The eclipse refers to when the moon passes behind our planet and Earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon. But certainly, that fight has nothing to do with the confirmed news that it is happening on coming January 31.

Diana Harris attempted to break down the verse to correspond with the super blue blood moon phenomenon.

The celestial cover-up begins at 3:48 a.m. PST (6:48 a.m. EST), when the moon's eastern edge will enter the Earth's dark inner shadow (the umbra).

According to, those in New York City will see the moon enter Earth's penumbra, which is the the lighter, outer part of its shadow, at 5:51 a.m. on January 31. This phenomenon is named "Blood Moon".

Essentially, new moons happen when the moon is between the Sun and the Earth.

"Because the moon's orbit is slightly tilted, most of the time the moon goes above or below the shadow of the Earth", Fred explains. However, Oregon and the rest of the west coast will have a view at the end of totality. The peak of the blood moon eclipse is at about 6:30 a.m. local time, and the Moon will set shortly after 7 a.m.

This occasional blue moon led to perhaps the most oft-used definition of a blue moon, referring to something that rarely happens: right now, for example, you might say that the Phoenix Suns win once in a blue moon.

However, in case you do not get a chance to see it this time, the wait won't be long enough to watch it again.

Due to the time difference, the second full moon will fall just after midnight in NSW and Victoria (12:26am) bringing it onto February 1 - therefore not technically a blue moon for Sydneysiders and Victorians - but it will still be a spectacular sight. In Asia and Australia too the view would be very good. What you need to do is to pray that the sky will be clear. You can consult NASA's total lunar eclipse map to find out if and when it will be viewable at your location.

No special equipment is necessary for taking pictures of the lunar eclipse.