During the early morning hours of January 31, a rare super blood moon will be seen around the world.
This year, NASA says the sight will be a rare one in that the moon will be the biggest and brightest of the year, appearing 14 percent brighter than usual. As the eclipse progresses, it will appear to have faint reddish beams peeking out from around its edges, earning it the blood name.
According to NASA, stargazers around North America will be able to view the rare eclipse before sunrise January 31, in particular, those living in Hawaii and Alaska will be first to see the view. They say that those living in eastern Russia, Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia will see the rare view during moon-rise on the morning of January 31.
Observers in eastern Asia, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska should be able to see the entire phenomenon from start to finish as long as weather permits. NASA says that the very best places in North America to watch the eclipse is in western Canada and California.
In a public statement, George Johnston, lunar blogger at NASA said, “Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish,” adding, “Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the eastern time zone.
“The eclipse begins at 5.51 a.m. ET as the moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east.”
“Your best opportunity if you live in the east is to head outside about 6.45 a.m. and get to a high place to watch the start of the eclipse,” Johnston said. “Make sure you have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west, opposite from where the sun will rise.”
The first supermoon of 2018 occurred on New Year’s Day. NASA is anticipating the next to be July 27, although it will not be visible in North America, however, the next visible lunar eclipse is predicted for January 21, 2019.