The Grand Strand could see a partial lunar eclipse this week


A blue moon too.

Lucky for skywatchers, January 31 just happens to be a full moon, and not just a regular full Supermoon at that.

Four phenomena are aligning perfectly early Thursday morning.

And this super blood moon is an extra special occasion because it's blue too.

A blue moon is called that because two full moons have occurred in one calendar month. Our first full moon this month was on January 1, and this second full moon on Wednesday, January 31 qualifies as a "blue moon".

Skywatchers and observers all over the world will have the thrill of their lifetime on Wednesday January 31, when the moon while passing through the earth will record the closest distance and appear as 'Blue moon'.

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.

The eclipse can be observed starting 6:49 p.m. Wednesday, when the moon starts its passage into the earth's shadow called the penumbral eclipse phase.

During the eclipse, the moon will appear a dark, red color.

If there aren't any night clouds, Vancouverites have a prime viewing location. And unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to watch in the night with the naked eye.

But the lunar eclipse will give the moon a distinct red tinge, earning the event the "super blue blood moon" moniker.

The release informed that superstitious beliefs, like not eating anything during a total lunar eclipse, have no scientific basis whatsoever.

"There's nothing risky about it".

A "betrayer moon" could then refer to a moon that would normally be the full moon of spring, but was "traitorous" in that people would have to continue fasting for another month in accordance with Lent.

It should be a lovely sight, he says.

In the USA, the phenomenon will best be viewed in Alaska, the Hawaiian islands and the western states.

"Where will I be on the morning of January 31?"

For the best view of the supermoon, make sure that you're as far away from light pollution as possible.

Die-hard eclipse-watchers should head out at 3:51 a.m. when the Earth's penumbra, the partial shadow of our planet, begins crossing the moon's surface. Sunrise in Gulfport is 6:48 a.m. on Wednesday, spoiling some of the show since the total eclipse begins at 6:52 a.m.

NASA will stream the moon live beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT).

It will end at 12:09 a.m. on Thursday.



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