Blue moon eclipse coming this week

While the January 31 lunar eclipse will be tough to see from some parts of the United States, there are other spectacular heavenly displays in store for Americans in the future.

The rare lunar triple play on tap for Wednesday - a super blue blood moon - has sky-gazers buzzing.

The National Planetarium in a statement said several telescopes will be provided for observing the lunar eclipse.

This is when the moon is closest to the centre of the shadow.

GETTYA blood moon against a clear night sky, the December 31 supermoon rising over TorontoWhat time is the lunar eclipse in the US?

This type of eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are aligned in a straight line and the earth is between the sun and the moon.

"When it's just the moon, we are not going to see much else except for the moon, but when it gets dimmer and totality starts, it will get dim enough that we can see most of the dark sky", he said.

The best time to view the eclipse will be at 5:29 a.m., when onlookers can expect to see a dimly lit red moon.

This total lunar eclipse is also famously known as Blood Moon, as the moon turns red, which will be fully visible in Kota Kinabalu.

"If people are having to get up for work or school, or if they're willing to get up, then this is very democratic - anyone can just go outside and look for the moon".

The moon will be a super moon on Wednesday because it will be at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, meaning it will appear about seven per cent larger and 14 per cent brighter than normal. Full moons are typically.

Knowledge of the surface, Elphic said, will make it easier for NASA to land future spacecraft on the moon as well as piece together the unknown physics of the distant globe.

Early Wednesday morning, January 31, will bring a rare treat for skygazers in many parts of the world: It's a full moon on the night of January 31, and the second one in one calendar month, so it becomes a blue moon by our modern definition.

The umbral eclipse begins at 3.48am PT, with the full eclipse beginning at 4.51am.

Partial eclipse ends at 7:11 a.m.

As for the total lunar eclipse, it will be visible early in the morning of January 31 from western North America across the Pacific to eastern Asia, said. Long after the socializing fell by the wayside, Johnston's monthly blog lives on, with a dedicated following on NASA's lunar website,

"The whole character of the moon changes when we observe with a thermal camera during an eclipse", said Paul Hayne of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

A lunar eclipse happens several times of year, so it's not that uncommon.