Super blood moon to appear this week

Posted January 29, 2018

Due to the calendar quirk, this tends to happen once every 2.7 years or so, which is more uncommon rather than the "once in a blue moon" phrase which usually get tagged to rare events. The first supermoon of 2018 - which took place on New Year's Day - was previously described by NASA as the "biggest and brightest" one expected for the entire year.

People in Hawaii, Alaska and on the West Coast will have the best chance to view the eclipse in its entirety, weather permitting.

All three. One morning. The moon will still be fully visible, but because the Earth will be between the moon and the sun the moon should take on a deep orange hue. The best place to view it here in the central time zone will be high up with a clear sky. However, it will set only a few minutes later, at 7:48 a.m., just as the sun rises. This occurs every 29.5 days, when the moon is directly opposite the sun relative to Earth.

A supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its' elliptical orbit. For a lunar eclipse, it's the same idea: you still have shadows, but in this case, it's the Earth blocking off the sunlight for the moon. The moon doesn't change color, so please don't write letters to the editor venting your disappointment.

This is the first time, in a long time, that an eclipse will occur simultaneously as a super moon, causing the eclipse to appear closer and bigger.

. "The eclipse begins at 5.51 a.m. ET, as the moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east".

It will happen between 6:51 and 7:12 a.m. This name does come from the rusty, red color that the moon will become as the moon slides into Earth's shadow.

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

During NASA's Apollo missions, scientists found that the moon's rocky covering, called regolith, was "fluffy" and not very supportive in the lower latitudes, Elphic said.

Right now, the forecast is looking good, though.

You don't want to have a lot of trees or buildings around, especially in front of you as you look west. Neither sky-watching glasses nor travel plans are required, unlike during last summer's much-hyped solar eclipse.

You are going to need a heavy jacket, though.

This cosmic event has not been witnessed in the last 36 years. For those living in the lower 48, the best viewing will take place in the west, so book a flight, set your Global Positioning System for a nice drive, or just long online, to see this lunar trifecta that will take place in just a few days.

Fraknoi insists it will be a spectacular show, but laments the timing.