RARE EVENT: Super Blue Blood Moon


And as NASA notes, some folks call the second full moon in a single month a blue moon.

January's moon earns the title "blood moon" due to the total lunar eclipse, which takes on an eerie reddish hue as it travels through the dark central portions of the Earth's shadow.

A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth moves in between the sun and the moon and blocks the sunlight that normally reflects off the moon.

January 31's supermoon, according to the space agency, will also feature a total lunar eclipse - when the Earth, sun and moon line up in such a way that the Earth blocks the sunlight that would otherwise reflect off the moon.

A spectacular total lunar eclipse will accompany this blue moon, shining red across parts of Russia, Canada, Asia and Australia.

According to NASA, people on the West Coast of the US will see the total eclipse from start to finish. As the sun shines, it creates a shadow behind the earth. Thus the "super blue moon".

Blue moons occur about once every 2.7 years, according to Space.com, so they aren't almost as rare as one might think. As light filters through the Earth's atmosphere it makes the moon glow red.

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"Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone", he continued. Cameras in Australia and the western USA will follow the lunar eclipse from 6:30 a.m. ET January 31. The short-term changes during the eclipse, observed through thermal cameras, will allow researchers to gather information about the behavior of the very top layer of lunar regolith.

Johnston said the best opportunity for viewers on the East Coast to see the super blue blood moon will be around 6:45 a.m. ET.

The lunar eclipse will be visible in the Rocky Mountain region beginning around 4:48 a.m. MT. The moon is fully in Earth's shadow.

Here in Miami, we'll only be able to view a partial super blue moon eclipse because the time of totality coincides with sunrise.

Here's a good news for all the Skywatchers in India as the first lunar eclipse of 2018 will be visible in India.

Mythology - Cultures from all over the world have different explanations for lunar eclipses, according to National Geographic. According to NASA, "Most Blue Moons look pale gray and white, indistinguishable from any other Moon you've ever seen".