Super blue moon to reveal evolution of moon's surface


On the morning of January 31st, the Super Moon will feature a total lunar eclipse.

What exactly makes this event so special?

Science enthusiasts now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a super blue blood moon in Kozhikode in Kerala. There is much excitement over the total lunar eclipse occurring in conjunction with a supermoon-which is when the moon appears at its biggest and brightest as it's at the closest point to the Earth in its lunar orbit.

But on the early morning of January 31, this blue moon will appear not blue but instead will be a spectacular red.

"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". Simply the second full moon in a month. The moon will begin to enter the dark umbra of the Earth's shadow around 6:48 am on January 31st and the eclipse will be in progress as the moon sets and the sun rises around 7:31 am in western North Carolina.

Two total lunar eclipses will occur this year.

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Obviously, viewing is pending cloud cover, especially since this lunar eclipse is during moonset. When a moon is totally eclipsed it takes on a reddish glow while in the Earth's shadow. The last Blue Moon in the United States came in late July 2015. The blue part of the name comes from the phase of the moon at the time.

"It'll be blood red when it's in total eclipse, otherwise any Blue Moon on any regular day is just a moon", said Klassen.

It is the light bending around the Earth due to gravity that passes through a portion of the atmosphere that causes the shift in color. The best time to view the eclipse will be around 6:15 a.m. In the Western Hemisphere, this will be the first time all three have coincided since 1866, more than a century and a half ago.

The sky Wednesday morning will mark a celestial affair that hasn't occurred in the Chicago area in more than 150 years.

Partial eclipse ends at 7:11 a.m.