The supermoon is also a blue moon - the second full moon in a month - and it will happen at the same time as a total lunar eclipse. The moon's closer position to the earth makes it appear up to 14% bigger and up to 30% brighter than a regular full moon.
The last few months has been absolutely unbelievable for sky-watchers, with supermoons, a blood moon, and a blue moon. The super blue moon will pass through Earth's shadow and take on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon.
While most of the world will be able to the see the super- and blue moons because it's tied to the eclipse, the odds of also seeing a blood moon depend on where one is. The next time a supermoon and a lunar eclipse will occur simultaneously (ignoring the blue moon part of the trifecta) will be on 21 January 2019.
Those on the west coast will be able to see the whole eclipse, starting at 3:48 PST, with totality starting at 6:05 PST. In the continental US, the eclipse will only be visible in the early morning hours Wednesday.
For those who plan to watch it on their own, Headlands offered a handy timeline of the key events on Wednesday, Jan. 31. "The eclipse will be harder to see in the lightening pre-dawn sky, and the Moon will set after 7:00 a.m.as the Sun rises".
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NASA has mapped the times of the total lunar eclipse from start to finish. Chandana Jayaratne said. Professor Jayaratne also said that there would be somewhat of a high tide on that day due to the closeness of the moon.
And fear not luna-tic's, Virtual Telescope will be streaming the event live for those of you unable to view it up close.
There are two different definitions of blue moon. The moon, however, will not appear to be color blue despite the name of the occurrence. And, unlike a solar eclipse, no special glasses are required. "The last time a super blue moon eclipse occurred in the United States was 152 years ago". A total lunar eclipse is only visible from the night side of the Earth, therefore this year's total lunar eclipse will only be visible from Australia, North Pacific, North America, and Asia.
In each lunar cycle, the Moon's crossing the Earth's orbit for two times.