And, as you can see, there is no permanently Dark Side of the Moon. For this diagram, at the time of this lunar eclipse, that means that the Sun is where you are, and the Moon is farther "inside" your display, behind the Earth. News of this being the first total eclipse blue moon in 150 years has been making its rounds on social media. The eclipsed Moon will be dimly illuminated by the refracted light of the sunrises and sunsets occurring around the rim of the Earth, giving it a reddish hue, and thus the reference to blood. But twice in each lunar cycle, the moon does cross into our planet's orbital plane.
In the United States, the best viewing (total lunar eclipse) will be in the Western states. Then around 6:15 a.m. the Earth's reddish shadow will be noticeable on the Moon. NASA has said that people all across the globe - if you have access to the internet - will still be able to view the entire show wherever they are. But don't worry if you miss it, lunar eclipses happen on average a couple times a year.
Al Hariri said the spectacular show won't be visible to just the UAE residents, but also to people in the Americas and throughout the pacific.
According to its Group Manager (Corporate Communications) Sam S. Karnail, YSG, together with the Sabah Stargazer Association, will be holding the event which provides an opportunity for the public to witness the total eclipse of the moon, expected to take five hours and 17 minutes.
What's big and blue and red all over? But when you break it all down, what exactly makes this moon so unusual?
Unlike a blue moon, the phenomenon is visible, though only slightly.
"A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, either the third of four full moons in a season or a second full moon in a month of the common calendar". This is where the phrase "Once in a blue moon" comes from.
It's called a "Super Blue Blood Moon". Since there are 29.5 days between two full moons, we usually only end up with one per month.
January 31 is a date South Africans will surely want to remember - sadly, they won't be outdoors comfortably seated in a camping chair with binoculars and telephoto cameras and tripods. Because of the timing of the full moons, February will not have one and March will have two. It happens about every three years, which is infrequently enough to make "blue moon" synonymous with rarity. We'll only have three this winter, so the January 31 full moon won't be blue by this definition.