Skyshow Triple Threat: Supermoon, Eclipse and Blue Moon Happen Next Week

'Super Blue Blood Moon' is coming on Jan. 31

Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse coming January 31

Described as a lunar trifecta, the rare phenomenon occurs when three events happen at the same time; a blue moon, a super moon and a total lunar eclipse.

There's a special "super blue blood moon" coming January 31 that is unique for a few reasons! "The moon crosses through our Earth's shadow, causing our moon's illuminated surface to act as a lens, and giving the once bland greyscale surface to glow a soft peachy red".

The Super Blue Blood Moon is the third in a series of supermoons. Its two definitions are used nearly interchangeably - as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons, or the second full moon in a calendar month - and it has absolutely no correlation to the colour of the moon. The last "Blue Blood Moon" was recorded back in March 31, 1866. Attendees will end up in an open field for smores and telescope viewing of the moon on the eve of the full moon and lunar eclipse. At the same time, the moon will be relatively close to earth and appear about 14% brighter. The super blue moon will pass through Earth's shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse.

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The unusual lunar event will be visible to the naked eye on the evening of January 31.

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As for the total lunar eclipse, it will be visible early in the morning of January 31 from western North America across the Pacific to eastern Asia, NASA said.

Those on the West Coast of the United States, as well as residents of Alaska and Hawaii, will have a great view of the event from start to finish. At 4:51 a.m., totality will begin, with the best viewing between about 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. local time.

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The eclipse will last nearly 4 hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 5:48 a.m. until it ends at 9:12 a.m., according to Sky and Telescope.

By that time, however, the moon will already have set in the eastern time zone.

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