An British astronomer stargazes during a super moon. It is hard to see much without astronomical instruments during the penumbral eclipse.
With the sun not shining on the moon, it is going to darken. January 31 will be our next full moon in the lunar cycle. This is when the outer shadow of the Earth begins to touch the moon's face, according to timeanddate.
Out west, where the viewing will be best, scientists in observatories from Colorado to Maui are thrilled to have a lunar eclipse so close to Earth.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between and the sun and moon and the moon passes through the Earth's shadow. The skies of Nainital will have the most clear and brilliant view of the eclipse.
Stages of the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon" (weather permitting) are depicted in Pacific Time with "moonset" times for major cities across the US, which affect how much of the event viewers will see. The next supermoon will be January 20, 2019. "The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal "blue moon" (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions, for example, if volcanic eruptions or fires leave particles in the atmosphere of just the right size to preferentially scatter red light", he said. Since the lunar event is expected to happen during the evening, the moon will not go into complete darkness, rather the light will be scattered and may appear reddish.
GRAFTON-NASA is urging sky watchers to head outside to see a Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31.
In the case of a lunar eclipse, the sunlight that makes it around Earth passes through our atmosphere and is refracted toward the moon. This is where the phrase "Once in a blue moon" comes from. In addition to being full, it will be both blue and orange. The same applies for two new moons.
The January 31 supermoon is also the third in the Supermoon Trilogy, as scientists call it. With most months longer than 29.5 days, it occasionally works out that we have two full moons. With this definition our next blue moon is in March, leaving February with no full moon this year. On Wednesday night there will be a full moon, which is the second full moon in the same month.
When a full moon occurs at its perigee, it is called a supermoon. Stargazers will need to wait until May 18, 2019, for a blue moon that fits this older, original definition.
Eventually, the moon will be covered by Earth's shadow.
By now, you're probably aware of the upcoming "Super Moon" on Wednesday.