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

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

The first full moon this year was on January 2. This will be the second full moon of the month, mostly known as a blue moon.

So, the "super blue blood moon" happens when a blue moon passes through Earth's shadow, giving some viewers a total lunar eclipse and as it does so, the moon will turn a reddish hue meaning it is also a blood moon, according to NASA.

Skywatchers will want to mark January 31 on their calendars-the day will feature what EarthSky.org is calling a "super Blue Moon eclipse".

How rare is the event?

Mr Clark said the eclipse would start at about 9.50pm on January 31 and end at 1.10am on February 1.

However, the moon won't actually appear blue.

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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 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", said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

In the US, the super blue blood moon will begin at around 6:48 A.M. Eastern or 3:48 A.M. Pacific. Some parts of Europe, Africa and Asia won't get to see the full eclipse. "Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone".

A supermoon happens when the moon's perigee - when its orbit is closest to earth - occurs at the same time as a full moon.

While the Moon is in the Earth's shadow, it will take on a reddish tint, known as a "blue moon". It is during this time when the moon appears slightly bigger and brighter than the usual full moon, roughly 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger.

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