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Bob King

Bob King

It's the first time since 1866 that a blue moon total lunar eclipse has occurred.

You've heard of super-moons, blue moons, and blood moons, and depending on where you are on January 31st, you may be able to see all three in one. On America's East Coast the eclipse will start coming into view at 5:51 a.m. and will give viewers in cities like NY only a small window to see the reddish moon. Those on the east coast will only get a partial eclipse as the moon will set behind the horizon before totality. The term is used in reference to a calendar month having two full moons, which only happens every 2.7 years. What people are calling the Super Blood Moon will appear early morning on Wednesday, January 31. The Jan. 21, 2019 lunar eclipse will be visible throughout all of the US and will be a supermoon, but it won't be a blue moon. Shortly before the blue moon starts, Earth's lone natural satellite will reach a point known as perigee, where it is at its closest point to the planet and appears much larger to the naked eye.

According to NASA, people living in North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31.

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On Jan. 31, there will be a lunar eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon.

The change in the color of the moon during a total lunar eclipse is due to the fact that it does not get direct light from the sun, and the only light it displays is the one refracted through earth's atmosphere. The eclipse will begin at 4:51 a.m and by 6:15 a.m. CST the moon will have a noticeable red tint. Once in a (super) blue (blood) moon, some might say. In Seattle, the peak viewing time will be 7:44 a.m. PST. The umbral eclipse (total eclipse) begins at 3:48 a.m. PT.

By that time, however, the moon will already have set in the eastern time zone.

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