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Rare 'super blue blood moon' coming Wednesday

30 January 2018, 01:25 | Camille Rivera

Rare 'super blue blood moon' coming Wednesday

Moon to stage triple show tomorrow

A total lunar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and earth are aligned completely, giving the moon an eerie red glow so that it becomes a "blood moon". But St. Cloud, Brainerd, and Fargo have a better chance for clear skies. In this week's case, the full moon Tuesday night will be about 7% larger and 14% brighter than the typical full moon.

Watch the above video to see what the moon will look like on January 31.

When the lunar eclipse begins early Wednesday, it will look like a shadowy edge moving over the moon. When looking at the orbit of the moon, it has an elliptical path where at times it will be closer or further from the earth.

"If you're in that shadow, you don't get to see the sun, and you get a solar eclipse".

On Jan. 31, the sun, moon and Earth line up (syzygy), so that Earth's shadow blocks sunlight normally reflected off the moon.

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Raymundo said the cosmic events can be observed on Wednesday evening, with the total lunar eclipse reaching its maximum eclipse from 8:51 10:07 p.m., for a total of one hour and 16 minutes.

"At first, the moon will look dark gray in color during the overnight hours", said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. I am sure you remember the full moon we witnessed on January 1, 2018, and we are going to witness another on January 31, which will be referred to as a blue moon.

A super moon, however, usually occurs before or after the occurrence of a blue moon or lunar eclipse. The best lunar eclipse viewing for the USA will be in Alaska, Hawaii and the west coast.

The main eclipse will start around 6.25 pm after sunset and this can be seen in the eastern sky as the moon would have just risen by then, it added. That's when the moon slides into the earth's shadow. It'll be a long wait for skywatchers in the United States as Johnston predicts the next visible lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019.

For those in the eastern USA, the eclipse will begin at 5:51 a.m. on January 31. "Most of what we can see without a telescope are points of light, but the moon is close enough that we can see it and the features on it, and notice what changes and what stays the same each night", he stated.

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