'Super blue blood moon' coming January 31

'Super blue blood moon' coming January 31

January's second full moon occurs on Jan. 31 - which also happens to be the day of the first lunar eclipse of the year.

The total phase of this lunar eclipse is known as a Blood Moon because of reddish-orange glow, but in some parts of the world, it will be seen as Blue Moon.

A supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its' elliptical orbit.

A blue moon is when the Earth experiences two full moons in one month. But instead of the moon slipping between the Earth and sun, the much more common lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes through Earth's shadow, turning the moon a dusky red. But during a lunar eclipse, the moon's trek through Earth's shadow often imparts a red tint from the filtering effects of Earth's atmosphere, leading to the colloquial description of a "blood red" moon. A blue moon is relatively rare, happening about once every two years... but there's nothing about it that makes it really appear blue. When the eclipse of January 31 is nearly over, the moon would have just crossed the perigee position a day earlier with a distance of 358,993 kilometers from the Earth, making this eclipse as "Supermoon Eclipse". Supermoons by themselves aren't that rare - about a quarter of all full moons are supermoons.

Sky viewers across the central and eastern United States and Canada need to pay particular attention to the setting full moon at or shortly before sunrise on Wednesday for the lunar eclipse, as reported by Space.com.

This particular full moon has a lot of branding.

Easther said it will come on fairly slowly, and the best view will be in the early hours of Thursday morning. So, here's a breakdown of what is going on and what you can expect to see here in CNY.

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Like the earth, half the moon is illuminated by the sun at any one time.

The lunar eclipse will occur just before the moon sets in the west. This is called a "blood moon".

Total eclipse ends at 6:08 a.m.

Humans saw blue moons nearly every night when the Krakatoa volcano exploded in 1883 with the force of a 100-megaton nuclear bomb.

Of course, you can still get a great view of the moon even if you're not in an eclipse area.

"Most of what we can see without a telescope are points of light, but the Moon is close enough that we can see it and the features on it, and notice what changes and what stays the same each night". The red and orange wavelengths are bent toward the moon while other colours scatter away from the moon. The moon starts entering the Earth's umbra, the darkest part of Earth's shadow, at 4:48 a.m. MST. In New Jersey we will see only a small portion of the eclipse. Right now, I'd say we have a 50/50 shot for good to decent viewing conditions.