When the super blue blood moon rises on Jan. 31, it will be hard to miss in the night sky thanks to its red hue and larger appearance. Unless, that is, you're sleeping. So, be prompt and set those alarms now: This lunar phenomenon is happening for the ~first time in 150 years~ and you're not going to want to be that person who sleeps through it. To avoid the feelings of missing out, you should know the best time to see the super blue blood moon because it'll rise to its peak at different times depending on where you live.
The moon seems to always be up to something magnificent enough to gawk at. Any full moon is a show stopper. Even a crescent moon, so sharp and crisp in the dark sky can send shivers down your spine. The celestial body that rotates around the Earth has such a gravitational pull on our spirits that it's inspired countless works of art, literature, music, and poetry. It's also been known to inspire journal entries and reflection on what we need to dispense from our life and what we want to attract more of. It's intense glow is our guiding light at night or simply a night light in a dark room. The super blue blood moon which will, oh yeah, also be a lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 won't fall short on amazing us. In fact, it might just prove to be the most magnificent of all.
About this lunar eclipse. No, you won't need special glasses to watch the show. A lunar eclipse is what happens when the Earth sandwiches perfectly between the moon and the sun. This explains the elaborate title of the moon. When a lunar eclipse occurs, the Earth's shadow is projected onto the moon, "dying" it a shade of red. No, it won't be Mars making itself perfectly visible. It's just the moon! Despite its hue being eerily similar to a blood red, this particular moon is still considered "blue." A Blue Moon is what happens when there are two Full Moons in one month. January of 2018 is perfectly bookended with Full Moons and we'll be sent off into February with one of the most beautiful Full Moon displays the Earth has seen in, ahem, 150 years.
Depending on where on Earth you are, you'll be able to catch either a partial view or the entire show of the glowing red rock. Vox.com reports that, "Much of the East Coast of the United States will only see a partial lunar eclipse of the blue moon just before and during dawn." As the moon reaches its peak and time differences work its magic, the further west you reside in the United States, the more of a show you'll get. For West Coast dwellers Space.com notes, "skywatchers on the West Coast of the United States will see the lunar eclipse begin at 3:48 a.m. PST. Totality will start around 4:51 a.m. PST and last until 6:05 a.m. PST." Set and label your alarms now!
Don't worry, if you're on the East Coast, you'll still get a peek at the eclipse. Space.com says, "The eclipse won't be as noticeable to viewers on the East Coast because the moon is expected to enter only the outer part of Earth's shadow at 5:51 a.m. EST. It is not until 6:48 a.m. EST that the darker part of Earth's shadow will begin to blanket the moon." Hey, at least you won't have to wake up so early. If you're in New York, grab a coffee from your corner bodega and enjoy a partial view of the eclipse on your way to work.
Whether you get a full view or a partial showing, this lunar event will still be worth waking up for.