Super Blue Blood Moon Set To Complete Lunar Trifecta Tuesday, January 31

Global map showing areas of the world that will experience (weather permitting) the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon".

In India, the largest gathering of viewers could be seen at Nainital, Uttarakhand since the sky will be clear in the city.

Typically, the ideal time to catch a supermoon is either during the time of the Moon's rise or before sunrise - when it is low on the horizon and can be seen alongside buildings and other tall structures.

However, those who are disappointed should be over the moon on January 20, 2019, when Daytona will be in a prime position to see a super blood moon.

Set your alarms, space fans - if you can drag yourself out of bed next Wednesday, you're in for a treat.

This will turn the moon a brooding, dark red due to light being bent or refracted onto its surface by the earth's atmosphere. The event, as described by Nasa, is a combination of three separate events which will occur at the same time - the moon's closest approach to the Earth, a full moon and a full lunar eclipse.

Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear. The moon will still be fully visible, but because the Earth will be between the moon and the sun the moon should take on a deep orange hue.

You are going to need a heavy jacket, though.

The moon will set before the eclipse is over. The wolf moon occurred on January 1 and February has no full moon this year. Dr. Ciocca says says for us in Kentucky, we will only see a partial eclipse, but if you were to travel further west in the United States you would likely see a better show. The event begins when the moon enters the Earth's shadow at 6:48 a.m. and people should be able to see a small "bite" on the moon's upper edge for a short period of time, he said. The earth, sun and the moon are either closely or perfectly aligned, with the earth in the middle.

The sun emits all colors of light, making it appear white. Earlier than that the penumbral eclipse is occurring, which is a fairly dim shadow and so the moon will still look bright.

By 10.51pm the Earth's shadow will completely cover the moon, and the total eclipse will last until 12.07am before the partial eclipse ends at 1.11am.

Total eclipse begins at 4:52 a.m.

If you miss the January 31 lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait nearly another year for the next opportunity in North America.

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