Everything You Need to Know to Watch This Month's Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

This super blue blood moon is actually the conclusion of a supermoon trilogy. In the earth's shadow, the moon will appear to have a reddish tint, giving its "blood moon" title. This winter has already seen the geminid and quadrantid meteor showers sparkle, an interstellar object visit and meteorites rain over MI.

What Makes the Moon Super?

Areas on either side of this shadow are a bit darkened, where some sunlight is bent around the Earth's atmosphere.

A supermoon looks around 12 to 14 percent bigger than its counterpart, the micro-moon, and up to 7 percent bigger than an average full moon, according to TimeAndDate.com. Doctors and police officers often have anecdotal stories about working shifts during a full moon.

January's first full moon occurred Jan. 1.

However, the difference might be small to the naked eye. The chance alignment happens once in a 'blue Moon'.

If you live in the Central time zone, viewing will be better, since the action begins when the moon is higher in the western sky, Johnston said. The closer the moon is to the horizon, the larger it looks. "In fact, the Talmud states that a lunar eclipse is a bad sign for those who hate Israel", Berger said. Thus the "super blue moon".

And it is also set to be a blood moon, the name given to the moon during a total lunar eclipse when it appears red in colour.


Blue moon is called a full moon, which happens at an unusual time, or an extra full moon within the year.

Yep, the blood moon 2018 is also a supermoon.

On Jan. 31, viewers will be able to watch all three. At 4:51 a.m., the lighter part of Earth's shadow will touch the moon.

The moon's orbit is tilted by about 5 degrees relative to the Earth's orbit. The eclipse ends with sunrise around 7:26 a.m.

Unfortunately, only some of the western US, including Hawaii and Alaska, will see the full eclipse. The short-term changes during the eclipse, observed through thermal cameras, will allow researchers to gather information about the behavior of the very top layer of lunar regolith. "For this eclipse, much of the US will be racing against sunrise".

When is the next lunar eclipse?

The event will be most visible in western North America, Asia, Australia, and elsewhere across the Eastern Hemisphere.


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