Get ready for 'super blue blood moon' (complete with eclipse) January 31

After the total lunar eclipse ended, people would be able to see a partial eclipse again.

The next lunar eclipse that can be viewed by Canadians coast to coast is January 21, 2019.

"Other activities include quizzes on the lunar eclipses", he explained. People on the East Coast will not have as great a view, since the eclipse begins just as the moon is about to set and the sky is getting lighter. Although these increases are hardly noticeable to the eye, it is nice to gaze up and know the Moon is near its closest point to Earth, an altitude of around 224,000 miles (360,000km).

A blue moon is the name of any month's second full moon - an event that only occurs once every three years.

"For a solar eclipse, the moon blocks off the sun, so it's the shadow of the moon hitting on the Earth", said Joshua Ridley, an associate professor of physics at Murray State University.

It refers to a total lunar eclipse because, when the moon is completely eclipsed it takes on a reddish colour.

This is when the moon is closest to the centre of the shadow.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between and the sun and moon and the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

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

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The spectacle will hover less than 10 degrees above the western horizon at that time, which could make it hard to see if mountains are in your line of sight. The next solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse on October 14, 2023.

There's only going to be a brief window to observe the total lunar eclipse because the moon will being setting shortly after 7 a.m.

"Sometimes the celestial rhythms sync up just right to wow us", NASA says.

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

According to its Group Manager (Corporate Communications) Sam S. Karnail, YSG, together with the Sabah Stargazer Association, will be holding the event which provides an opportunity for the public to witness the total eclipse of the moon, expected to take five hours and 17 minutes.

For observers living in NY or Washington D.C., the space agency suggests a 6.45 a.m. ET start for the best viewing.

Supermoons will occur when the moon is less than 360,000 kilometres away from the Earth and no specific equipment is required to see this phenomenon.

For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the event will be visible during moonrise on the morning of January 31st.

  • Toni Ryan