Space enthusiasts and scientists have a common reason to rejoice. On January 31, the entire planet will witness a super blue blood moon, or, in more common terms, a lunar eclipse. The event is extremely rare, which makes everybody even more excited about it.
What Is So Special about this January Lunar Eclipse?
The official name of this special lunar eclipse is a lunar trifecta, as NASA revealed. Furthermore, it’s the result of three different events:
- Supermoon – the moon in that evening is considered a supermoon since it’s at its closest point to Earth. NASA reports that it will be around 14% brighter than usual.
- Second full moon – Usually, a full moon occurs at least 29 days after the previous one. But now, we will have a second one, which is commonly called a blue moon.
- Lunar eclipse – the moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth, thus gaining a red glow that gives it the name of blood moon.
As such, on January 31, we will have the unique chance of watching a super blue blood moon. The last time this happened in North America was more than 150 years ago. This is why many people won’t want to miss the extraordinary event.
Who Can See It?
People in the western part of North America, the Hawaiian Islands, and Alaska can see the January lunar eclipse the best, as Gordon Johnston explained. As the program executive and lunar blogger at NASA, he added that those who live on the East Coast would not enjoy such a great view.
On January 31, make sure you have no other plans if you want to enjoy the famous lunar eclipse that happens once 150 years. It’s a super blue blood moon, or, scientifically, a lunar trifecta. Unfortunately, not all will be able to see it that well, and the trifecta will also depend on the weather conditions that day.
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