Here’s to hoping there isn’t a cloud in the sky so we can actually get a glimpse of the Blue Moon On Jan. 31, all three of these celestial events will happen at the same time:
A blue moon is when two full moons happen in the same month (or when four moons happen in one season, where there’d usually be just three—read Space.com’s explanation for how the blue moon term came to be) and actually has nothing to do with the moon’s color. Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow, and supermoons occur when the full moon happens at the same time the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.
The blue moon and the lunar eclipse will take place on Jan. 31, and the supermoon apparently will occur on Jan. 30. So, I am hopeful I can capture on camera what I will probably never see again in my lifetime.
This is what is expected:
Unfortunately, just looking at the sky on Jan. 31 will not guarantee a view of the lunar eclipse. The easternmost part of the U.S. will be able to see the end of the eclipse at around 6:48 a.m. EST, but the event will most easily be seen on the western side of the country, according to Space.com.
If you’re in the Chicago area, you will be able to catch a glimpse and see the blood-red color of the moon as it enters totality at 6:16 a.m. In California? You’ll get a good view of totality, with the total phase starting at 4:51 a.m. and ending at 6:07 a.m. Anyone who lives outside of the 48 contiguous states is in luck, as Alaska and Hawaii will have the best views in the U.S.