How to view the Super Blue Blood Moon on Wednesday


Tomorrow people will get to see a rare lunar event which will light up the dark sky on 31st January 2018. Since it is the second full moon night in January, it is also a blue moon - a rare lunar spectacle that awaits skywatchers in India for the first time in 35 years.

A blue moon is when a full moon happens twice in a month. During this phase the size of the moon appears almost seven per cent larger and its brightness is also higher.

Supermoons can happen four to six times a year. For eager stargazers the upcoming night will be a "once in a blue moon" treat. The plumes of ash rose to the top of earth's atmosphere tuning the sunset and the moon to green and blue all over the world.

A blue moon refers to when there are two full moons in one calendar month - for reference, January's first full moon was on New Year's Day. "During its totality, it does look like a deep kind of blood red", Andersen said.

Here in Wichita, you'll only be able to see a partial event, as sunrise will cause the moon to set. This causes the moon to take on a shade of red while the Earth blocks almost all of the Sun's light. That's not paranormal, that's physics. Here's an animation of exactly what we can expect in Mobile.

The view is best viewed with the naked eye.

Californians will be treated to the total eclipse phase from start to finish, though the penumbral shadow will pass after the moon has set.

A lunar eclipse is when the sun, Earth, and moon form a straight line - with the moon passing through the shadow of the Earth.

For best viewing, get away from city lights and find a high place with a clear view to the west.

Early risers in Central Nebraska have the chance to view a little astronomical history - if the weather cooperates.

A blood moon is the term given to a total lunar eclipse. "Right now we have cloud cover increasing around 5 a.m. Wednesday".

Unlike last summer's solar eclipse, you won't need special glasses.

But you'll have to get up early to see it in Dallas.