See ‘super blue blood moon' Jan. 31; Texas will also see partial lunar eclipse
Super blue blood moon marks end to supermoon trilogy
SAN ANTONIO – A "super blue blood moon" sounds like the stuff of myths but it’s happening Jan. 31 and Texas is in for a treat because we’ll be able to see it all.
The term "blue moon" refers to the second full moon in a single month.
This super blue blood moon is actually the conclusion of a supermoon trilogy. There was also a supermoon Dec. 3 and Jan. 1.
A supermoon looks around 12 to 14 percent bigger than its counterpart, the micro-moon, and up to 7 percent bigger than an average full moon, according to TimeAndDate.com.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, there will also be a partially visible lunar eclipse starting at approximately 4:51 a.m.
At about 4:51 a.m. the lighter part of the Earth’s shadow, referred to as the penumbra, will touch the moon, and around 6:15 a.m. the Earth will cast a red-hued shadow that will be clearly visible on the moon.
The eclipse will be harder to see in the lightening predawn sky, and the moon will set after 7 a.m. as the Sun rises, according to NASA.
The best place to view the super blue blood moon is somewhere high with a clear view facing West.
Want to know what the moon will be doing this year? Check out the 2018 moon phases below.
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