How to See the 'Super Blue Blood Moon' on January 31

No full moon for you! John Chumack and Bob King  Forum News Service

To make the event even more spectacular, the full moon will also be a supermoon like the one on January 1.

Have you ever seen a "super blue blood moon?"

Though the exact moment of this full moon is 7:37 a.m. January 31, the moon will appear plenty full for a day or two before and after that. Even without the supermoon, it's the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in the United States since March 1866, less than a year after the Civil War ended, according to Earthsky.

The "blue-moon" designation has nothing to do with color, it simply refers to the very unusual occurrence of two full moons in a single month.

A UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland astronomer has said a Super Blue Blood Moon that is set to light up skies around the world next week could easily be viewed from Toowoomba.

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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, NASA said. People who live on the West Coast of the United States will get the best view of the eclipse.

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. For them, the eclipse will be total, while East Coasters will see a partial one. Once in a (super) blue (blood) moon, some might say. Some parts of Europe, Africa and Asia won't get to see the full eclipse.

The eclipse will last nearly 4 hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 5:48 a.m. until it ends at 9:12 a.m., according to Sky and Telescope. Totality lasts a generous 77 minutes, from 4:51 a.m. PT to 6:08 a.m. PT. The super blue moon will pass through Earth's shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse.

Eastern Canada will have a more hard time to view since the sun rises at that time. This happens as the moon is in the earth's shadow.

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