January 31, 2018 Super Blue Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse

The full'wolf moon that lit up the sky in January this year

"The eclipse will start at 6.51 pm on 31 January when the Earth's penumbra starts touching the moon's face, while at 7.48 pm a partial moon eclipse begins where the moon will become red".

This total lunar eclipse is also famously known as Blood Moon, as the moon turns red which will be fully visible in Kota Kinabalu.

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. Usually, every calendar month only has one full moon, but sometimes, a second one squeezes in. A lunar eclipse is when the earth passes between the sun and moon. But during a lunar eclipse, the moon's trek through Earth's shadow often imparts a red tint from the filtering effects of Earth's atmosphere, leading to the colloquial description of a "blood red" moon. The reddish tint from the eclipse is not expected until nearly an hour after the eclipse begins, around 6:48 a.m., but the moon will set less than a half an hour after that.

On top of it all, the January 31 full moon is also a considered a blue moon.

But what will really make the January 31 moon spectacular for some viewers is the fact that it will be happening during a total lunar eclipse. But that means that the next month, February, is without a full moon.

Viewers in Whatcom County will have to wake up before sunrise to see the eclipse. The best place to see this action will be in central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. However, because they are only visible from one side of the earth, seeing a lunar eclipse in totality or full view is not common.

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No special glasses are needed, though, and this lunar eclipse lasts more than an hour and 15 minutes, compared to only 2 minutes and 20 seconds for the total solar eclipse in 2017.

While some are calling this a "blood moon", the term has a murky definition. The moon sets before total eclipse here ME and the entire East Coast.

"Blood moon" is a phrase used to describe the reddish color the moon takes on during the totality phase of the eclipse.

If you're up for it, you can also always try photographing the moon during the partial eclipse, but for those in Winnipeg and farther east, you'll need to be somewhere high up with an unrestricted view of the horizon. This will be the first time in 150 years all three of these "moons" have overlapped.

What is a blue moon?

The moon starts entering the Earth's umbra, the darkest part of Earth's shadow, at 4:48 a.m. MST. He lives in Ottawa so he will see the moon moving into the shadow just as the moon sets. The moon will not actually appear purple, nor will have it a cape-but January 31 is a great time to gaze up and enjoy the night sky.

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