Set Your Alarm for the Super Blue Moon Eclipse

Set your alarms early tomorrow morning (Jan. 31) because a rare astrological trifecta is happening — a super Blue Moon eclipse.

It’s been 35 years since the Earth has experienced all three events at once, and 150 years since America has been able to see it.

Blue moons occur when there are two full moons in one calendar month. The lunar eclipse happens when the moon is entirely inside the Earth’s shadow, and a super moon is when its orbiting closer to earth, making is appear 7 percent bigger and 14 percent brighter. The blue coloration, however will be overshadowed by the reddish or blood red appearance induced by the eclipse.

To watch the entire process unfold, you’ll have to be up at 3:48 a.m., when the partial eclipse begins, according to eclipse experts at Earth Sky.  But the finale, and most impressive spectacle is from 5:30 to 6:08 a.m. when it’s in total eclipse.


is an assistant editor at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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