Triple treat: Supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse coming next week

A Supermoon Trilogy | Science Mission Directorate

A rare 'super blue blood moon' will be visible in Dubai next week

The moon will be inside the Earth's shadow for about an hour and fifteen minutes.

On January 31, a "super blue blood moon" will be visible across the country's skies, comprising a total lunar eclipse, a super moon, and a blue moon all at once.

Unfortunately, viewing the eclipse will be more hard in the Eastern Time Zone and will be the best to see out West, in the continental U.S. The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east. The last "Blue Blood Moon" was recorded back in March 31, 1866. Its two definitions are used nearly interchangeably - as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons, or the second full moon in a calendar month - and it has absolutely no correlation to the colour of the moon.

How rare is the event?

Later this month, we get to enjoy an event that only happens, "once in a blue moon". "As for the super moon, it will be called so because the moon will appear bigger than usual as the full moon and eclipse will be near its perigee, the closest point to earth in its elliptic orbit", explained MP Birla Planetarium director (research & academic) Debiprosad Duari.

The lunar eclipse will begin during moonset on January 31st according to NASA.

In the United States, the best view of the eclipse will be along the West Coast.

The next lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019 and will be visible throughout all of the U.S.

Skywatchers will get a rare treat as three rare phenomena come together for next week's full moon. The eclipse will begin while most people are still in bed at 3:48 a.m. The earth's shadow creates the red hue, and you'll start the eclipse with a dark shadow on one side of the moon before it turns red.

Eastern Canada will have a more hard time to view since the sun rises at that time.

The Moon will enter the outer part of Earth's shadow at 5:51 a.m. EST, but it reportedly won't be all that noticeable.

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