The Grand Strand could see a partial lunar eclipse this week

Here’s A Kindy Level Breakdown Of That ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Event

Not all light is blocked during the eclipse, as the blue light from the spectrum is more scattered than the red giving the moon a reddish hue (blood moon).

In the early hours on Wednesday, lunar revelers will witness a total lunar eclipse, a supermoon and - yes - even a blue moon hovering over the western horizon.

Weather permitting, eclipse fans in Hawaii will experience the lunar eclipse from start to finish, as will skywatchers in Alaska, Australia and eastern Asia.

What is a lunar eclipse?

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The moon will be a super moon on Wednesday because it will be at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, meaning it will appear about seven per cent larger and 14 per cent brighter than normal.

This full moon will actually be the second full moon in January, which is why it's referred to as a blue moon.

A blood moon occurs when sunlight to the moon is blocked by the earth's shadow during an eclipse.

"Set your alarm early and go out and take a look", Johnston said. This will be the first time in 150 years that a blue moon also coincides with a total lunar eclipse.




Based on Nolle's theory, the moon would have to be 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered "super".

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon slides into the earth's shadow. The Earth's reddish shadow will be noticeable on the moon by about 6:15 a.m. CST.

With the moon setting, make sure you have a non-obstructed view of the western sky.

"For the [CONTINENTAL] US, the viewing will be best in the west", said Gordon Johnston, programme executive and lunar blogger at Nasa.

Americans in the east are advised to head outside to a high place at 6.45am ET, while those in the mid-west will have the best viewing at 6.15am-6.30am CST time.

In the Rocky Mountain region, the show begins as the umbra touches the edge of the Moon at 4:48 a.m. MST.

India will get to see the January 31 lunar eclipse, a senior scientist told Indian daily newspaper The Economic Times. The next solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse on October 14, 2023.

Unlike solar eclipses, a lunar eclipse is not unsafe to watch and the eclipse may last for hours and be seen in many parts of the world.

"The whole character of the moon changes when we observe with a thermal camera during an eclipse", said Paul Hayne of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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