Super blue blood moon eclipse: What you need to know

  • Super blue blood moon eclipse: What you need to know

Super blue blood moon eclipse: What you need to know

At 4:49 a.m the moon enters the umbra of the Earth's shadow, that part of the shadow where the sun's light is fully blocked by the Earth.

If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the Moon will be possible. Viewers under a clear sky will see it suspended eerily among the stars of springtime. One of the several definitions for a blue Moon is a second full Moon in a calendar month.

The moon on January 31 is being referred to as a blood moon because of the lunar eclipse - this is because a fully eclipsed moon often appears reddish in color.

Don't be confused by the term "blue moon", which has nothing to do with the color of the moon, scientists say.

Overall, totality will last for about 1 hour and 16 minutes.

According to Singaporean news blog, Mothership, a supermoon describes the moon during the monthly moon cycle when the moon is closest to earth.

If you miss the January 31 lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait nearly another year for the next opportunity in North America.

Unlike an eclipse of the sun, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to view without protective filters. Petro says there's a very small chance the total lunar eclipse during a blue moon could even appear to have a blue hue to it, but that would depend on a massive volcanic eruption happening beforehand.

Those in the western United States will be able to view the full eclipse. Remember, during totality, the sky will darken and the moon will appear suspended against the countless stars.

In this composite image of seven different photographs the moon is seen as it enters and leaves a lunar eclipse on September 28, 2015 in Glastonbury, England.

The planetarium will be providing telescopes as well as briefing on the phenomenon, astro-photography activities as well as performing lunar eclipse prayers. And if you'd like to try your hand at photographing this celestial spectacle, visit mreclipse.com/LEphoto/LEphoto.html for many more details.

The campaign also encourages people to organise local viewings for their neighbourhood, schools, or colleges. On this day, the total lunar eclipse, the Supermoon, and the blue moon will take place simultaneously. The next one visible in North America will be on the night of January 20, 2019.