4 tips for viewing the super blue blood moon

Wednesday, 31 Jan, 2018

If you wake up early enough Wednesday morning, you may be able to see a Supermoon, Blue Moon and a lunar eclipse (Blood Moon) all at the same time! "But since the moon rises at 5.28pm, the initial phase of the eclipse will be missed", he said.

Supermoons occur when the full moon coincides with the Moon's closest orbit point to the planet.

Then at 6:51 a.m. the Earth will totally eclipse the moon, and the best time to see the eclipse is at 7:13 am. Starting at 3:51 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, the first part of the moon's outer shadow will start to interfere.

The lunar eclipse will last from 4:45 - 7:30 am with totality occurring around 5:50 am according to NAZ Today meteorologist Lee Born. As Day explains, the moon has a dramatic temperature range - from more than 200 degrees Farenheit to more than 200 degrees below zero - but it changes very gradually because a lunar day is nearly 28 Earth days long.

Sky watchers are in for a special treat at the end of January when a lunar trifecta fills the night skies: a pre-dawn "super blue blood moon".

During this astronomical event, the full moon will appear to turn red (a "blood moon") as it travels through the ruddy shadow of Earth. For another the Moon will be in totality for a long time - about 75 minutes.

"Wherever you are where you've got the proper horizon, lack of trees, lack of tall buildings, good clear view to the west, slightly north of true west would be a good location to view this", says Henderson.

While the moon will be full precisely at 8:37 ET Wednesday morning, it'll still be plenty big through the rest of the night and for the next night or two.

Skywatchers are now preparing their equipment to catch the best view of the upcoming total eclipse.

Weather forecast for Wednesday morning - There will be widespread mid/high-level clouds moving across the region at that time.

"Just before 2am all of that reflective light from the moon's surface will have disappeared". A lunar eclipse only happens when there's a full moon.

A blue moon is another term for the second full moon in a single calendar month. On Wednesday, the moon will be making its closest approach to Earth and appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. The difference between perigee and apogee, the farthest point, is around 26,200 miles, or 42,165 kilometers.