Get pumped! Since we’re all obsessed with space these days. On January 31st (tomorrow), you’ll be able to witness The Great Super Blue Blood Moon, Space.com reports. This astronomical event is happening for the first time in 150 years! Here’s what you need to know.
What is it?
Space.com says the title comes from a total lunar eclipse, a full moon, and a blue moon (the second full moon of each month, which happens once every two years) all happening at the same time. That means the moon will seem bigger, brighter, and closer than usual.
Why is it called that?
“We’re seeing all of the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon,” Program Scientist at NASA headquarters Sarah Noble said in a press release. That’s because during an eclipse, blue light is reflected away from the moon and red light reflected onto it, which is why many who watch the event will see a “bloody” moon.
When is it happening?
In the middle of the night on January 31! For 77 minutes! If you live in Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Will I be able to see it?
Most of the continental United States won’t be able to see it in its entirety, though those of us watching from the west coast will be able to see a partial eclipse starting at 3:48 a.m. It’s possible we will be able to see more than just a partial eclipse — the total eclipse begins at 4:51 PST.
Is it really going to look blue? Or red?
Not really. It will be big and beautiful though!
Am I allowed to look at it?
Yup! This isn’t The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017.
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