Super Blue Blood Moon

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Super Blue Blood Moon

Delaware Public Media science reporter Katie Peikes talked with NASA Goddard's chief scientist Jim Garvin about what we can observe here in Delaware and what this rare super blue blood moon spectacle holds for the future of space research.

Slooh will also host a live feed of the super blue blood moon starting at 5:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Super moons appear 14% bigger and about 30% brighter. In the Eastern Time Zone, the moon will have set before it the eclipse occurs. A Super Moon happens when the moon's orbit is closest to Earth during a full moon, and a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the moon is in the Earth's shadow.

Especially for the total lunar eclipse, which will happen early Wednesday morning. The next time it happens will be 19 years from now. "On the 31st, we're going to have that attractive lineup where the moon moves into the Earth's shadow". But McDowell says it won't look much different from the average lunar eclipse. "If from your house you can see the western horizon, you will see the moon and you will see it being eaten and having a shadow on it".

The Lunar Trifecta of a Blue Moon passing closest to Earth during a total lunar eclipse...last occurred over the United States 150 years ago. These clear skies should hold out to be mostly clear by the time Wednesday morning arrives and the lunar eclipse begins.

According to the article on NASA's website, at 4:51 a.m. CST the penumbra - or lighter part of Earth's shadow - will touch the Moon.By about 6:15 a.m. CST the Earth's reddish shadow will be clearly noticeable on the Moon.

A blue moon is not really blue.

The eclipse will start at 5:51 a.m. EST with the moon setting around 7 a.m.

The moon enters the shadow of the earth. Unlike the big solar eclipse past year, this event relies on the passage of the earth's shadow and the position of the sun.

Visible in the western United States early on January 31, the moon will turn an orangey-red hue as it passes through the Earth's deep shadow.

The size of moon increases from 7% to 8% during the eclipse which is why it is called the "super moon".

The eclipse will last a little over three hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:48 a.m.

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