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Don’t Miss the First Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse for 152 Years.   In the early hours of January 31, the moon will do something it hasn’t since 1866. A supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse will coincide for a rare and spectacular astronomical feast.

The Total Lunar Eclipse on January 31, 2018 will be exciting.  It happens when the moon is full and passes into the shadow of the earth from the sun.

 

A partial shadow begins at 3:48 am (after midnight the 30th).  This is called a penumbra.

 

The total shadow (the umbra) begins to cover the moon at 4:51 and by 5:29 am covers the Full moon.  This is called Totality.

 

As things continue, the moon comes out of the shadows but the sun will rise at 7:07 am so you will probably not see the complete unshadowing of the moon which happens at 7:27 am.

 

Since the moon will have risen at about 4 pm the previous afternoon,  it will have crossed most of the sky in that 12 or so hours, so look for it in the west.  A unobstructed view of the western horizon is best.

 

Don’t worry about the cold.  I believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just poorly dressed people.

Wear a warm watch cap to hold heat in, sweats and winter jacket and gloves.  Sit in a chair close to the ground (so cold air can’t go under you), like a beach chair, and cover you and the chair with a blanket.  

Thanks to Doc Nancy for this information.

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