Don't miss the incredible rare 'super blue blood moon' eclipse

Posted January 23, 2018

The first full moon this year was on January 2.

With the blue moon, super moon, and blood moon happening all at the same time, there is no denying that the evening of January 31 this year is a date worth anticipating. In the graphic above, you'll notice the moon will gain a red tint in the early morning hours.

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It's the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a "blue moon".

A super blue blood moon happens when three different lunar events happen at once - a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon combining to offer sky gazers a triple whammy of lunar treats.

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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.

For us on the east coast, Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington, says your best opportunity is to go outside at about 6:45 a.m. and get to a high place to watch the start of the eclipse. While viewers along the East Coast will see only the initial stages of the eclipse before moonset, those in the West and Hawaii will see most or all of the lunar eclipse phases before dawn. During a perigee, the moon is about 14 percent brighter than usual.

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The next lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019 and will be visible throughout all of the U.S. "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it". Adding to the naming confusion, this full moon was also known as the "snow moon" by some Native American tribes. The umbral eclipse (total eclipse) begins at 3:48 a.m. PT. Pacific Time will be the best time to view the eclipse. This only happens when the Moon, Earth and Sun are all aligned.