- A total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, is happening early in the morning on Wednesday.
- The eclipse will coincide with a slightly larger full moon (a “supermoon”) and the second full moon in a month (a “blue moon”).
- The US East Coast and Europe will have trouble seeing the “super blue blood moon” of 2018, but anyone can watch via a YouTube Live webcast hosted by a company called Slooh.
The world is about to witness a “super blue blood moon” on Wednesday morning, the first since September 2015.
During this astronomical event, the full moon will appear to turn red (a “blood moon”) as it travels through the ruddy shadow of Earth. The total lunar eclipse will look slightly larger than normal (a “supermoon“), since the moon is in the part of its orbit that brings it closest to our planet. It also happens to be the second full moon in a month (often called a “blue moon”).
But those who live in the eastern US, Europe, and other regions may have trouble seeing the eclipse at its greatest moment, at least in person.
That’s because the event begins at around 5:51 a.m. ET with a partial eclipse, which is when the moon starts to pass into Earth’s penumbral or outermost shadow. It will slide deeper into Earth’s umbral or innermost shadow over the next couple of hours, peaking at its reddest color around 8:31 a.m. ET. The super blue blood moon will wrap up with a second partial eclipse that ends at 11:08 a.m. ET.
For most of that time on the East Coast, the sun will be in the sky.
<img src="http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5a6f6309cf84101c008b51e5-985/globallunareclipse01182018.png" alt="global_lunar_eclipse_01182018" data-mce-source="NASA" data-mce-caption="Global map showing areas of the world that will experience (weather permitting) the Jan. 31, 2018 “super blue blood moon.” The eclipse will Read More Here