Super Blue Blood Moon Wednesday dawn

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Super Blood Moon (not Blue)
September 2015
Photo by Jerry Pickard 

Ok Lunar Lovers - Wednesday dawn is a Super, Blue, Blood Moon.

This is a rare occurrence when a supermoon (which appears very large because it's close to the earth), a blue moon (the second full moon in a month) and a blood moon (lunar eclipse) coincide. The moon in the shadow of the earth looks red-orange, hence "blood" moon.

This will happen Wednesday, January 31, 2018. It's the first one visible from America in 150 years. The eclipse will begin at 4:51am and end at 6:08am local time, peaking about 5:30am.

There have been lunar events where local photographers spent all night lying on their backs with their cameras at the ready. It might not be worth it this time. Not only is it cold outside, the forecast is for a cloudy sky.

Of course, all you need is 1/100th of a second.

For those who prefer a warmer, more upright experience, you can watch online on NASA TV or on starting about 2:30am. There also is a Twitter feed @NASAMoon.

Corrected 1-31-18 for day of the week 


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