Rare 'Super Blue Blood Moon' coming on January 31

Rare 'Super Blue Blood Moon' coming on January 31

The first full moon this year was on January 2.

Stages of the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon" (weather permitting) are depicted in Pacific Time with "moonset" times for major cities across the US, which affect how much of the event viewers will see. Astronomers have to go all the way back to March 31, 1866 to find the last "Blue Blood Moon". 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. Its two definitions are used nearly interchangeably - as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons, or the second full moon in a calendar month - and it has absolutely no correlation to the colour of the moon.

The last time this part of the world was privy to a "super blue blood moon" was on December 30, 1982.

In the United States, the best view of the eclipse will be along the West Coast.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The blue moon will pass through Earth's second and give viewers in the western part of North America, Alaska, and the Hawaiian Islands a view of a total lunar eclipse. "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it". The umbral eclipse (total eclipse) begins at 3:48 a.m. PT. The eclipse will begin at 4:51 a.m and by 6:15 a.m. CST the moon will have a noticeable red tint.

A super moon is a full moon that appears larger than usual, because it's at its closest distance to Earth in its elliptic orbit. Pacific Time will be the best time to view the eclipse. That makes the moon look extra-close and extra bright - up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth, known as the apogee, NASA said.