Where Can the Rare Celestial Event on January 31 Be Seen?

Sky gazers and photo enthusiasts are making a beeline for the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences perched at an altitude of 2,450 metres here to witness the lunar delight on January 31- a blue moon, blood moon and a super moon.

That means that if you live in the Eastern part of the U.S., your best bet is to get as high as you can and have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west-northwest.

For those who plan to watch it on their own, Headlands offered a handy timeline of the key events on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

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The challenge for central OH viewers will be two-fold: increasing high clouds during the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, and the narrow window to view the partial lunar eclipse, locally.

This full moon is also the third in a series of "supermoons", which happen when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.

This type of eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are aligned in a straight line and the earth is between the sun and the moon.

"They don't need binoculars or telescopes you'll see this red moon in the sky, binoculars or telescope will just make the moon look closer, a little bit bigger", he said. Unfortunately, the total lunar eclipse (where the entire moon is covered in a reddish glow) will not be visible here in New Orleans, because the moon will be below the horizon before the total eclipse happens. This partial eclipse starts at 5:48 a.m. CST and will continue until the moon sets at 6:50 a.m. CST. While in earth's shadow, the moon will take a red hew, also known as a "blood moon".

While the Earth revolves around the sun, the moon revolves around the Earth. On January 1st, there has been the first full moon, while the next one will be on January 31st, which will be called Blue Moon.

The last time, such total lunar eclipse had taken place on December 30 in 1982, she informed.

NASA shared that if you miss the lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait nearly another year for the next opportunity in North America. The origin of the phrase "blue moon" is unknown and has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon.

When a full moon occurs at its perigee, it is called a supermoon.

  • Valerie Cook