January 31 Brings Triple Celestial Treat that is Rarely Seen

Herbert Rhodes
January 23, 2018

Unfortunately, viewing the eclipse will be more hard in the Eastern Time Zone and will be the best to see out West, in the continental U.S. The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east.

A blue moon - which occur about every 2½ years - is another term for the second full moon in a single calendar month. What people are calling the Super Blood Moon will appear early morning on Wednesday, January 31.

While the Moon is in the Earth's shadow, it will take on a reddish tint, known as a "blue moon". Shortly before the blue moon starts, Earth's lone natural satellite will reach a point known as perigee, where it is at its closest point to the planet and appears much larger to the naked eye.

Residents living in the Central Time Zone will have the best viewing since the action begins when the Moon is higher in the western sky on January 31, according to NASA officials.

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.

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In the United States, the best view of the eclipse will be along the West Coast. If you want to try your luck at viewing the eclipse, it begins at 5:51 a.m. EST. "The moon crosses through our Earth's shadow, causing our moon's illuminated surface to act as a lens, and giving the once bland greyscale surface to glow a soft peachy red". Totality lasts a generous 77 minutes, from 4:51 a.m. PT to 6:08 a.m. PT. The red coloring is why the moon also gets the nickname of the "blood moon". So, we will not have the best viewing conditions here in Mid-Michigan, but we'll be able to see some portions of moonset, which will happen around 7 a.m.

The eclipse will last nearly 3½ hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:48 a.m. PT until it ends at 7:12 a.m. PT, according to Sky and Telescope.

So, if you are living in Metro Vancouver, you are in for this once in a lifetime treat!

By that time, however, the moon will already have set in the eastern time zone.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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