Super blue blood moon eclipse visible early Wednesday morning

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The super blood blue moon lunar eclipse can be seen in Asia, Australia, and North America overnight from January 30 to early January 31.

For North America, the lunar eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31. It will spend 1 hour and 16 minutes in total eclipse, and 3 hours and 23 minutes in a partial eclipse. The eclipse will only be visible in North Florida and South Georgia before sunrise on January 31.

The name itself is a mouthful, so what does it mean?

Super blue blood moon eclipse

A super moon happens when the moon is at a point in its orbit where it is closer to earth. It appears brighter than usual.

A blue moon happens when a full moon occurs twice in one month. It has nothing to do with the color of the moon.

On top of all, that, a lunar eclipse will happen. The moon will pass in the earth’s shadow. It will appear reddish in color, hence, the name “blood moon”.

It is rare to have all three events happen at the same time. According to NASA , the next lunar eclipse that will be visible across North America will be January 21, 2019.

Will the weather cooperate?

High pressure in place over the southeast and a cool and dry air mass will keep skies clear into the early morning on January 31. Weather shouldn’t be a problem, but if you do venture out early to get a glimpse of it, bundle up! Temperatures will drop to the low 30s Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The lunar eclipse will be happening during one of the coldest points of the day- right before sunrise.

Remember, the view of the lunar eclipse from North Florida and South Georgia will not be as bright red as the view from the Pacific coast and Asia.

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