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A total Lunar Eclipse will occur on January 31

A total Lunar Eclipse will occur on January 31

January 31 will be our next full moon in the lunar cycle.

The challenge for central OH viewers will be two-fold: increasing high clouds during the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, and the narrow window to view the partial lunar eclipse, locally.

"If you live in the Central time zone, viewing will be better, since the action begins when the Moon is higher in the western sky".

This is when the moon is closest to the centre of the shadow.

What is a first blue moon total eclipse in 150 years? This occurs only when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned. Residents will have only three minutes to see the total super moon eclipse, however, the entire process of the moon exiting the eclipse will be for an hour.

In a few days, we not only have another super moon, but a lunar eclipse, which will be a real sight to look out for.

It'll be your last chance to see a lunar eclipse until July 27th 2018, and with the awesome combination of a supermoon, lunar eclipse, and blood moon (which hasn't happened for 150 years), we suggest you tune in. The eclipse begins at 3:48 a.m. PST and will reach a peak between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Set your alarms, space fans - if you can drag yourself out of bed next Wednesday, you're in for a treat.

First of all, this full moon is a "supermoon", meaning that it's at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit during full phase.

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A blue moon occurs when there are two full moons in a calendar month, about once every two or three years.

"For the [CONTINENTAL] US, the viewing will be best in the west", said Gordon Johnston, programme executive and lunar blogger at Nasa. Slooh spokespeople will narrate the progress of our satellite beginning 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT), offering lunar science and mythology.

As for the total lunar eclipse, it will be visible early in the morning of January 31 from western North America across the Pacific to eastern Asia, said.

What is a full moon?

Long after the socializing fell by the wayside, Johnston's monthly blog lives on, with a dedicated following on NASA's lunar website, moon.nasa.gov. "Light refracted through our atmosphere turns the lunar surface red, much like we see red sunsets", says "backyard astronomer" Gary Boyle.

Love to observe the Moon?

"Unlike the eclipse of the sun, you don't have to rush out at a certain time, and if you sneeze you miss it", Fraknoi said.

For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the event will be visible during moonrise on the morning of January 31st.

"Sometimes they call it the blood moon", Florian said.