ON Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 A Super-Moon, a Blue Moon, and a Blood Moon on the same night, thanks to a total lunar eclipse.
SUPER-MOON “Super-Moon” is a new term. No one used it until a few years ago. A Super-Moon occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth during its orbit, and theoretically larger than average.
BLUE MOON “Blue Moon” has become a popular term for the second Full Moon in a month. A Blue Moon is the popular name for a second full Moon in the same calendar month.
BLOOD MOON Okay, what about Blood Moon? Well, Actual blood is not copper-colored but let’s not be picky. Blood is more dramatic … A”Blood Moon” refers to the Moon’s hue on the night of a total lunar eclipse; it normally turns a coppery red. Put ‘em all together and that’s what you’ve got… Super-Moon!
BEST PLACES TO SEE VIEWING TIPS First, note that this event is perfectly safe to view with the naked eye, unlike a solar eclipse. Everyone in North American will witness the “Super-Moon” and “Blue Moon” aspects. The “Blood Moon” color, however, is tricky because the Moon will set before it’s totally eclipsed in the entire eastern half of Canada and the U.S.
West Coasters Live in the Pacific Time Zone? Those in Western states and Canadian provinces, Alaska, and the Hawaiian Islands will have the best view of the coppery, totally eclipsed Moon. Look low in the west just before dawn. Its lowness will greatly deepen its ruddy hue. On Pacific Standard Time, the lunar eclipse begin at 3:48 a.m. PST. Totality will start around 4:51 a.m. PST and last until 6:05 a.m. PST. If you set your alarm, you can see the entire lunar eclipse, from start to finish.
Further East Those further east will see a partial eclipse of the Full Moon—early morning before the Moon sets and morning twilight arrives.
If you live in the Eastern Time Zone, head outside about 6:45 a, EST. Look west-northwest and find an unobstructed view, ideally at a high point since the Moon is near the horizon at this time. At 6:48 a.m. EST, the darker part of Earth’s shadow will begin to blanket the moon and create the blood-red tint—and the Moon will set less than a half-hour later.
If you live in the Central Time Zone, head outside around 6:15 a.m. CST. The Moon will appear to be a blood-red color—and the view will remain until 7:00 a.m. CST, when the Sun rises.
In the Rocky Mountain region, the lunar eclipse will begin around 4:48 a.m. MST, as the darker part of Earth’s inner shadow blankets the Moon. Viewers in this area will see the eclipse peak around 6:30 a.m. MST until 7:00 a.m. MST, when the Moon will set.