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'Super Blue Blood Moon' visible January 31

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Derrick Tucker | 23 January, 2018, 02:14

Meanwhile, blood moon is the term used in reference to the color of the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse.

If you are a regular watcher of the sky, you know there will be a special event at the end of this month.

When the earth casts its shadow over the full moon on January 31 and makes it disappear for one and a quarter hours, it will be a once-in-a-blue moon opportunity to watch a rare celestial event. According to astronomers, next week's full moon will be a Supermoon, Blue Moon and lunar eclipse all in one. Firstly, a blue moon is a rare phenomenon, which occurs about every two-and-a-half years when two full moons happen in the same calendar month.

Residents living in the Central Time Zone will have the best viewing since the action begins when the Moon is higher in the western sky on January 31, according to NASA officials.

A "super-moon" occurs when the full moon is closer to earth and brighter than normal.

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Though it will be clearly visible to the naked eye, he recommended finding a high point, or an unobstructed view to the east north-east for the best view. Actually, the moon will have a reddish tint to it. However, individuals in the east won't have the show people on the West Coast will have.

The super blue blood moon will be visible early Wednesday, January 31 for people in the US. Totality lasts a generous 77 minutes, from 4:51 a.m. PT to 6:08 a.m. PT. To get the best view, head out between 6:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. CST.

The eclipse will last nearly 3½ hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:48 a.m. PT until it ends at 7:12 a.m. PT, according to Sky and Telescope.

For those living in the western part of the USA, you will have an entire hour to view the lunar event. "Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone".

These viewings are all weather permitting, of course.

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