About the Super Blue Blood Moon
Not someone who follows lunar events but would like to see what a Super Blue Blood Moon is, exactly?
The Super Blue Blood Moon is the third in a series of supermoons. A supermoon occurs when the moon is closer to the Earth than it normally is during its orbit. Usually, this means the moon is about 14 percent brighter than normal. A blood moon occurs when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow, giving the moon a red tint. The second full moon of the month is referred to as a blue moon.
In the case of January 31st’s supermoon, all three of these events are occurring at one time, which is why it is being called the Super Blue Blood Moon.
How to See the Super Blue Blood Moon
As mentioned above, the lunar event will not be visible to everyone. Some areas have better visibility than others. However, if you are going to attempt to view the eclipse, the best times to do so are below:
- People living in North America, Alaska, Hawaii: the best visibility will be before sunrise on January 31 (Wednesday morning).
- People living in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia, New Zealand: the best visibility will be during moonrise the morning of the 31st.
Those on the West Coast of the United States, as well as residents of Alaska and Hawaii, will have a great view of the event from start to finish. For those on the East Coast, seeing the eclipse will be more difficult. If you want to try your luck at viewing the eclipse, it begins at 5:51 a.m. EST.
Experts say that those living on the East Coast may have a better chance at viewing the Super Blue Blood Moon around 6:45 a.m. EST if they are able to get to a high place. Find a spot where there is a clear view of the horizon. Around 6:48 a.m. the moon will take on a reddish tint at the horizon. However, individuals in the east won’t have the show people on the West Coast will have.
People living in the Central time zone will have a little bit of an easier time viewing the Super Blue Blood moon. The eclipse will begin at 4:51 a.m and by 6:15 a.m. CST the moon will have a noticeable red tint. To get the best view, head out between 6:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. CST. By 6:30 a.m., the moon will set and the sun will begin to rise.
If you live in an area that goes on Mountain Standard Time (MST), the best time to view the Super Blue Blood Moon will be between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.
For those living in the western part of the U.S., you will have an entire hour to view the lunar event. The eclipse will begin while most people are still in bed at 3:48 a.m. At 4:51 a.m., totality will begin. Between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Pacific Time will be the best time to view the eclipse. The moon will begin to set shortly after 6 a.m.
What If You Miss the Super Blue Blood Moon?
These viewings are all weather permitting, of course. There is always a chance that bad weather may prevent you from being able to see the lunar event.
For those who miss the January 31 event, for weather or sleep, you’ll have to wait almost an entire year to see anything like it again. The next supermoon that will be visible across the U.S. won’t be until January 21, 2019. It won’t be a Super Blue Blood Moon though. So, if you’re eager to check out next Wednesday’s early morning sky, set your alarm early!
Do you wake up early or stay up late for astrological events? Will you be waking up for the Super Blue Blood Moon?