Once in a blue moon

Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 map

GETTY•NASABlue Moon 2018 The US will be primal spot to view the total lunar eclipse

Representative imageWhat is a "super blue blood moon"?

While visibility for the east coast will be limited, the phenomena should provide a likely once in a lifetime experience for those in the west, who should be able to see it in its entirety.

The last time people in North America were treated to a blue moon occurring simultaneously with a total lunar eclipse was over 150 years ago, according to.

NASA says after this, the "super blue blood moon" won't happen again until December 2047. While that is mostly true, sometimes we get two in one month, something that is referred to as a "blue moon". Add in a little "moon illusion" and the appearance is, in a word, super!. The previous year to have two blue moons was 1999. the next is 2037. NASA Goddard will also be preparing Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) - humanity's only active lunar mission - to endure the loss of sunlight to the intrepid's spacecraft's solar panels. As Donald W. Olson, Richard Tresch Fienberg, and Roger Sinnott write for Sky and Telescope, the blue moon disagreement can be traced back to 1946, when James Hugh Pruett wrote an article for Sky and Telescope called "Once in a Blue Moon". The average distance between the earth and moon is around 239,000 miles. The result: the moon appears larger than normal and NASA is predicting this one will be 14% brighter than usual. The Earth's reddish shadow will be noticeable on the moon by about 6:15 a.m. CST.

The full moon is the third of three super moons, the name given to full moons occurring during the moon's perigee, its closest approach to Earth. We'll actually have another blue moon in March; February won't have one at all.

Where can I see the super blue blood moon?

Finally it'll also be a blood moon, which is a total eclipse that, with dimmed light passing through the Earth's atmosphere, gives the moon a red hue.

At a time of year when the sun tends to monopolise attention, the moon is getting in on the act with a triple whammy. "Tides that happen when the moon is full and near perigee [occur] about three to four times per year", said Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. January's first full moon rose the first night of the month, and was also a big, bright supermoon.

People farther west will see more of the eclipse. Lake Powell Life News wants to see YOUR photos of the moon's grand performance!

In Florida and for the rest of the East Coast, stargazers only will witness a partial eclipse. "The moon is attractive nearly every night in nearly every phase, you don't have to wait for a "supermoon" or a "blue moon" to enjoy it", she said.

This coming Wednesday we're having an extremely rare astronomical event over southwest Minnesota.

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.

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