Lunar eclipse 2018: Watch full moon change colour

Herbert Rhodes
January 31, 2018

Set your alarms, space fans - if you can drag yourself out of bed on Wednesday, you're in for a treat. And it's doing a whole bunch of astronomically impressive stuff tonight in what's apparently known as a Super Blue Blood Moon.

It may sound like the apocalypse is nigh, so let's break it down by its three parts: "super", "blue" and "blood". The day will witness a "Super Moon" - the moon appears larger than usual because its distance from Earth is closest.

The blue moon term is used to describe a full moon taking place for the second time within a full calendar month.

A blood moon is a total lunar eclipse, where the Moon passes completely into Earth's shadow - this causes sunlight going past Earth to refract onto the Moon's surface, giving it a red colour.

Also, if the weather is cloudy, then there's a chance we'll see nothing at all - I'm sorry, I don't make the rules. That gives the Inland Northwest over 90 minutes to view the "Super Blue Blood" Moon in its totality.

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For observers living in NY or Washington D.C., the space agency suggests a 6.45 a.m. ET start for the best viewing.

Eager stargazers living in North America, Alaska or Hawaii will be able to see the eclipse before sunrise on Wednesday, according to NASA.

What's also exciting is that the total lunar eclipse is coinciding with both a supermoon and a blue moon.

"The best times to view it will be between 4:51 in the morning and 6:51 that's when it will be in that eclipse". No protective eyewear is necessary, unlike during a solar eclipse - just look up into the night sky.

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