Jan. 31: ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’

It has been more than 150 years since the last Super Blue Blood Moon has shown in the sky.  According to NASA, this lunar occurrence is special for three reasons.

The January 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also 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.”

Those in Virginia will find it harder to view this phenomenon since the eclipse begins at 5:51 am EST.   This is the time that the Moon is about to set on the West Coast as the sky is getting lighter here.  However, visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/super-blue-blood-moon-coming-jan-31 starting at 5:30 am on January 31 and a live feed of the Moon will be offered on NASA TV and NASA.gov/live. You can also follow at @NASAMoon.

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