A super blue moon eclipse is coming soon. What exactly is that?

The earth blocks all direct sunlight from falling onto the Moon's surface, but the Moon does not turn completely dark; it appears reddish, since part of the sunlight still reaches the lunar surface indirectly, via the earth's atmosphere. This winter has already seen the geminid and quadrantid meteor showers sparkle, an interstellar object visit and meteorites rain over MI.

That's right, it's a super blue blood moon. Areas on either side of this shadow are a bit darkened, where some sunlight is bent around the Earth's atmosphere.

People around the world will experience a bigger and brighter Moon caused by the Moon's closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit. A full moon that happens near perigee is by some. This lunar trifecta is the first of its kind in 35 years and will not occur again until 2037.

However, the difference might be small to the naked eye.

Residents of the western United States, Alaska and Hawaii will have the best chance to see the full lunar eclipse. Whether you're romantic or not, the "Super Blue Bloody Moon" is a phenomenon worth watching with your loved ones.

A blue moon does not refer to the moon actually turning blue, but is another term for the second full moon in a single calendar month, USA Today said. In fact, 2018 will see another in March, with no full moon in February. Depending on where you are on January 31, you will be able to see all three in one!

The overshadowing won't be as perceptible to watchers on the East Coast on the grounds that the moon is relied upon to enter just the external piece of Earth's shadow at 5:51 a.m. EST. At the peak of daytime on the moon, it is about 100 degrees Celsius, hot enough to boil water just by leaving it out.

So, during a total lunar eclipse, the sun, the earth and the moon form a straight line.

Unfortunately, only some of the western USA, including Hawaii and Alaska, will see the full eclipse. The duration of this rare sight will last for 76 minutes. "For this eclipse, much of the USA will be racing against sunrise".

You can check when the lunar eclipse begins for your city here. The event will be most visible in western North America, Asia, Australia, and elsewhere across the Eastern Hemisphere.

This article has been updated to include comment from Sarah Noble.

  • Joe Gonzales