February 19, 2018

Clear skies bring flawless night in Las Vegas Valley for lunar event

30 January 2018, 11:28 | Anita Wise

A rare'super blue blood moon is set to appear in the skies over Australia

A rare'super blue blood moon is set to appear in the skies over Australia

You'll have to rise early Wednesday morning if you want to see it. Sleep in, and you'll miss it.

"It's a rarity. It's something we'll never see again in our lifetime", said Borchardt. Rather, the blue comes from the fact that this will be the second full moon in a month.

31, at about 6:30 a.m., Tucsonans can look into the western sky and catch a reddened full moon caught in the center of Earth's shadow.

First, the moon is called a supermoon because its elliptical orbit will be at its closest point to the Earth, known as perigee.

Chances are you have used the phrase "once in a blue moon" - but have you ever wondered where it came from?

"Go out after sunset tonight".

"This coming full moon is unusual in that it is the second full moon of the month, when typically there is only one full moon per calendar month". If you love Halloween, get your costume ready for 2020 because October 31, 2020 will be the next blue moon.

It's being billed as the trifecta of occurrences - "The Super Blue Blood Moon", all happening before 7 a.m.

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Skies should be clear Wednesday morning, allowing for optimal sky conditions, but Central Texans may run into a problem when viewing the eclipse: time of day.

What exactly is a super blood blue moon?

A blue moon, a super moon and a total lunar eclipse will all fall on the same night - an event that has not occurred here in over 150 years, according to meteorologists at weather source AccuWeather. It also will be a ruddy color because of a lunar eclipse. This year's lunar event really is "once in a blue moon".

"The best places in WA are anywhere outside, facing north-east", he said.

For observers living in NY or Washington D.C., the space agency suggests a 6.45 a.m. ET start for the best viewing.

NASA will be providing a live feed of the eclipse beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST.

Totality ends at 6:07 a.m. and the moon is set to emerge from the umbra at 7:11 a.m PST. The partial eclipse will begin around 5:48 a.m. Pacific Time and will stay this way until 6:08 a.m.

Weather permitting, the J. Weiskopf Observatory in Byron will open from 4:45 a.m. for all interested in viewing this event with their own eyes. The eclipse will only be visible in North Florida and South Georgia before sunrise on January 31.

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