Witness the phenomenal 'Super Blue Blood Moon' on January 31

Pablo Tucker
January 17, 2018

Here's what Lancaster moongazers can expect and how you can maximize your viewing success. Both of these will be total lunar eclipses.

The blue blood supermoon eclipse is expected to occur on January 31. A physics, STEM and astrophysics teacher in Pequea Valley, he also directs the high school's planetarium. "There will be no totality" of the eclipse in this area. On December 31, 2009, there was an eight percent partial eclipse on December 31, 2009. A darkening at upper left should be noticeable by 6:45 a.m. or so and it will progress across the Moon until the Moon sets at 7:44 a.m. EST below our western horizon.

How obvious will the eclipse be? The moon appears with a copper-red glow because light from the Sun is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere and only red light (which has the longest wavelength) makes it through to the moon and bounces back to our eyes. In Asia and Australia too the view would be very good.

It's a blood moon because it'll turn red....we'll see a total lunar eclipse that day...at least parts of the United States will.

We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website and bring you more relevant advertising. Maybe about a quarter of the moon, he estimates, will be shaded.

Furthermore, the central part of Earth's shadow is darker so the Moon's colour changes as the eclipse progresses. It will also become a supermoon because it will be a full moon that's closer to Earth, making it appear bigger than it usually is.

A Blue Moon can be seen when two full moons (or super moons) occur in the same calendar month.

Timings: The lunar eclipse will last for about 76 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow. Blue Moons only happen every two and a half years on average.

Even if visibility isn't great, Smith of the North Museum says, "we're definitely hopping onto the bandwagon and going with the flow of the public's excitement". A total lunar eclipse will be taking place on January 31, 2018 for the first time in last 150 years. It's not that the moon will appear blue in color, but it is due to the rarity of the vent that the supermoon is called the blue moon.

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