Get ready for it — the super blue blood moon is almost here. More specifically, this celestial event will be here early in the morning on January 31. If you’re not exactly on your astronomy game, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. That is, unless you’ve been alive since 1866 (that’s the last time it happened). So what exactly is this magical moon moment and how can you catch a glimpse of it?

You’ve probably heard of a supermoon (where the moon is at its closest point to Earth and appears significantly larger). And it’s pretty likely you’ve heard of a blue moon (the moon has a bluish tint). And yes, you know what a lunar eclipse is. Combine those three events and you get a super blue blood moon.

Oh, and if you’re wondering where exactly the “blood” comes into play…the moon won’t shine blue, it will actually look more reddish. As the Earth passes between the moon and the sun (which is the lunar eclipse part of the event that will happen this time around), the light bends and causes the red tint.

Where can you see this major moon? Well, go west. The western part of North America, Alaska and Hawaii will get treated to a pre-dawn sky show. The rest of us may not notice this early morning event as much. If you live on the East Coast and want to catch a glimpse of the reddish moon, 6:48 a.m. EST is your best bet. In the Midwest between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. CST is your time to catch the red tint.

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Super soon…there will be a #Supermoon! Just before dawn on Jan. 31 a lunar trifecta – the Super Blue Blood Moon – will be visible in the sky. This full moon is the third in a series of “supermoons,” which is when the full Moon is at or near its closest point to Earth in its orbit. It will also be the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” Make sure you get outside to experience this lunar event for yourself! Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish (swipe to see the map). Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone. The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #moon #supermoon #eclipse #lunareclipse #superbluebloodmoon #earth #sun #trifecta #sky #astronomy #solarsystem #orbit #bloodmoon #january

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If you aren’t able to get a good view, NASA will have a live feed of the moon starting at 5:30 a.m. EST on January 31 on both NASA TV and at NASA.gov/live.

Are you planning to watch the super blue blood moon? Share what kind of view you’ll get in the comments below.

—Erica Loop

 

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