Residents from different parts of North America and other areas across the globe will get a chance to witness a rare sky-show that happens very rarely.
On Jan. 31, a super blue blood moon will conquer the skies, something that is not usually seen very often, noted a report from Express. The spectacle will feature a Blue Moon, a supermoon, and a total lunar eclipse all happening at the same time. Moreover, it will also be the last installment of a "supermoon trilogy," with the first two already recorded in the history books last December 3, 2017 and Jan. 1, respectively.
According to a report from Global News Canada, the last super blue blood moon happened 150 years ago. Considering its rarity, NASA encouraged people to make time to behold the event. "The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" said Noah Petro, a research scientist from the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA.
"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset. Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it," explained Petro. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon," he added.
NASA also detailed that the moon's brightness will slowly faint until it reaches a reddish hue caused by atmosphere bending the light, giving the supermoon that bloody look. "We're seeing all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon," added Sarah Noble, a Program Scientist at NASA.
According to a Star Herald report, spectators will start to see the moon turn partially red by 4:48 a.m. By 7 a.m., the moon will be closest to the horizon, though it will be impossible to see it set because of the time of the day.
In addition, Tom Robinson, an instructor at Western Nebraska Community College, said people should look closely to see a "big bite" out of the moon. It will be a more distinct chunk compared to what is normally seen during a crescent moon, Robinson added.