See what the super blue blood moon will look like


A "Super Blue Blood Moon" will take place in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 31. This blood moon will also be a supermoon because it's closer to earth: it will appear slightly larger and slightly brighter than a typical full moon. The first of these is an oddity of the calendar - on the second full moon in a month. The moon will not appear blue; it will be reddish-orange during the total lunar eclipse, she said. This will be the first time in 150 years that a blue moon also coincides with a total lunar eclipse.

Testin said the next blue moon total lunar eclipse will happen on December 31, 2028. The total lunar eclipse then occurs from 6:51 8:07 a.m. CST for those parts of the country where it will be visible.

Here's the thing, though, for North Dakotans - you'll have to get up fairly early Wednesday morning to see it. Unlike solar eclipses, a lunar eclipse is not risky to watch and the eclipse may last for hours and be seen in many parts of the world.

"The whole process, from start to finish, takes several hours, and the moon will actually set into the lake as it's reaching maximum eclipse, just as the sun is rising in the east".

The eclipse will be visible for almost four hours, according to NASA, but it will only be visible in totality for an hour and 43 minutes.

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"For the (continental) US, the viewing will be best in the west", said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington on NASA's website.

The moon orbits Earth once in about 29 days, and there are about 12 full moons each year.

Here's what you need to know.

. When the sun is high in the sky, red light passes straight through to the ground while blue light is scattered in every direction, making it more likely to hit your eye when you look around. "Make sure you have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west, opposite from where the sun will rise". We don't get them very often (hence the phrase "once in a blue moon").

If you live in North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31.

Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear. Wednesday will be our next full moon in the lunar cycle.