This hasn’t happened in 150 years!
It’s true, a major lunar event is happening this month, and you will be able to see it from Halton.
The “Super Blue Blood Moon” might sound like something I made up, but it is real and it is coming.
According to NASA, this lunar event will happen throughout the month, starting with a supermoon (the moon’s closest approach to Earth in a single orbit), then there will be a blue moon (which happens when there are two full moons in one calendar month), and finally, a total lunar eclipse (which happens when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow) for the grand finale, when you’ll see a moon tinged with red, or a “blood moon.”
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Here’s the breakdown of dates, courtesy of NASA:
We had the month’s first full moon around New Year’s Day.
The supermoon is happening on January 30.
The second full moon and the total lunar eclipse are happening on Jan. 31.
The last of the three events is the one you’ll really want to catch — that total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of Jan. 31:
Graphic courtesy of Time and Date
So, the best time to catch the lunar eclipse is around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 31, but you should keep your eyes on the sky on Jan. 30 for the supermoon, too. Of course, it’s best to get as far from light pollution as possible to catch the best view.
“Since the moon is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to the West-northwest for the best view of the eclipse,” advises Time and Date.
And we won’t need special glasses to catch this event — enjoy!