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Showstopper in the sky; don’t miss the blue blood eclipsed moon

Showstopper in the sky; don’t miss the blue blood eclipsed moon
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Whenever there is a once-in-a-lifetime event, it's a good idea not to miss it.

There's actually one of these events is taking place this week. An Amazing Blue Blood Moon is going to light up the sky on Wednesday, January 31.

Keep reading to find out the best time to see it in your area.

What is a Blue Blood Moon?

On January 31, a very rare and beautiful astronomical event will take place. A Super Blue Blood Eclipsed Moon will grace our skies; it's the first of its kind in a century and a half.

Not only has it captured the attention of the world’s astronomers and astrophysicists, it has piqued the interest of history buffs and theologians. Apparently, there were some significant events that took place when this moon showed up last time - over a hundred years ago, and they parallel what’s happening today.

Here’s the fun part, this particular moon is totally photographical, so even if you’re an amateur, you can grab some amazing photos. The question is when, where and how to do it right.

When is the best time to view?

Here’s what to expect on Wednesday morning, January 31. Residents of North America, particularly those on the west coast, will experience a rare triple event:

  • The full moon will enter the Earth’s shadow and show a total eclipse, turning the full moon into a dark reddish disk.
  • This will be the second full moon in the same month – a phenomenon called a “blue moon.”
  • It will also be a “supermoon,” where the Moon is fullest just as it positions itself closest to our planet Earth. We’ve had three Supermoons in a row, but not a blue eclipsed moon. In fact, this hasn’t happened for over 150 years, so having all three together is highly unusual.

Here are the times of the eclipse of the Moon on the morning of January 31 in different time zones:

As you can see on this table, the full moon sets in the eastern portion of the U.S. before the total eclipse. Residents on the East Coast will miss most of the picturesque viewing. Those in the Western half are more fortunate. Some or all of the eclipse will be visible for a long period of time to those who can get up a little early.

For a more in-depth conversation on the Blue Moon, listen to Kim's free podcast below

On January 31, a very rare and beautiful astronomical event will take place. I’ll have the best advice and talk to astronomer, educator, author and speaker Andrew Fraknoi along with popular tech videocaster Jeremy Judkins, as we share must-have tips. Don’t miss it.

Click here for an in-depth discussion about the upcoming Blue Moon on Kim's free podcast.

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