Published On: Wed, Jan 31st, 2018

Eclipse 2018 update LIVE: Super Blue Blood Moon lights up the sky above USA and Canada | Science | News

Today’s rare eclipse will combine three separate lunar phenomena: A supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon.

Viewers can expect to see a blue moon – the second full moon in a calendar month – orbiting closer to the Earth than normal, making it seem up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky. 

If that wasn’t enough there will also be a total lunar eclipse – often described as a blood moon because of the way the moon turns a bright coppery red. 

The eclipse is expected to reach totality at about 4.50am PT on the west coast of the US, where skywatchers will get some of the best views.

The spectacle, which NASA has dubbed a “lunar trifecta”, is the last in a trilogy of supermoons since the start of December. 

Bringing you the latest eclipse 2018 news, live updates and pictures from NASA and across the globe. 

11.02am: Eclipse map shows where the blood moon will be visible

This Sky and Telescope map shows which countries fall into the moon’s path of totality today. 

Unlike their solar cousins, lunar eclipses are visible wherever it is nighttime at the time of totality. 

Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia look set to get the best views, while much western Europe and Africa will miss out entirely. 

Western portions of the US will be treated to nearly the whole spectacle, though results will deteriorate further towards the east coast.

Eclipse 2018: Super blue blood moon mapSKY & TELESCOPE

Eclipse 2018: Australia and eastern Asia look set to get the best views but Europe could miss out

10.36am: Eclipse visibility forecast to be good in the US

The US might be set for the first super blue blood moon for more than 150 years, but the spectacle could still be ruined by thick cloud coverage. 

Thankfully, most parts of the continental US are forecast to have ideal viewing conditions today. 

The Accuweather map below shows that small parts of the west coast and most of the east coast will have “good” visibility, with nearly all the rest of the country getting at least “fair” conditions. 

Those in Northern states and southern Texas hoping to catch a glimpse of the eclipse might be out of luck.  

Eclipse 2018 weather map for the USACCUWEATHER

Eclipse 2018 weather map: Visibility should be good for most parts of the US today

10.03am: Tips for watching the eclipse 2018

NASA scientist Noah Petro has offered some of his top tips for viewing lunar eclipses, ahead of this morning’s long-awaited blood moon.

He told Space.com: “The real best place for people to go is in their backyard, or get together with friends, or any place you might be able to have a clear view of the western sky.

“Obviously, being near a large city, you get a beautiful view of the moon setting behind huge buildings.

“But in general if you want to see the whole event unfold you want to be away from tall buildings, bright lights, trees, things like that. You want to have a clear view of the western horizon.”

Eclipse 2018 mapNASA

Eclipse 2018 live updates: The blood moon will be at least partially visible across the US

9.21am: Hundreds of Americans to flock to Mount Hollywood for the eclipse

An estimated 2,000 people are expected to make a pilgrimage to the Griffith Observatory on Mount Hollywood, Los Angeles, where extra telescopes have been set up for locals. 

The observatory’s director Ed Krupp told Reuters: “Griffith Observatory is all about having an eyeball to the sky, and so it’s one thing to learn about this event in a book, but it’s another to see it for yourself.”

Mr Krupp, in an act he has performed during other eclipses, apparently plans to dress up like a wizard and bang pots and pans outside the observatory while the crowd watches.

Today’s eclipse is the first super blue blood moon to rise over the United States since 1866 – more than 150 years ago.

9am: Blood moon is ‘most spectacular’ of events, says NASA scientist

Noah Petro, from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, has said that the blood moon eclipse is the most impressive of the three lunar spectacles on display today.

Speaking to Space.com, he said: “The eclipse is really the most spectacular of the events, because those are the ones that are the most visually stunning

“The supermoon is wonderful because you get to see this slightly larger, brighter moon in the night sky, but it’s really the eclipse that’s going to obscure the supermoon – the brightness will change to that beautiful rusty red colour that people are accustomed to seeing during lunar eclipses.”

8.43am: Eclipse 2018 will be ‘lovely and long’ for Aussies

Tanya Hill of the Melbourne Planetarium said: “This one is going almost right into the centre of the Earth’s shadow, so it will be lovely and long.

“Slowly you’ll see that shadow move across the Moon until it completely engulfs it. That’s when we have the beautiful colour of totality forming.

“After an hour or so the Moon will start to emerge and you’ll start to see the moon brightening up as it completely drifts away from the Earth’s shadow.

“If you do have a telescope or binoculars you do get to see a better or closer view, but it’s certainly not required to watch that shadow cross.

“They’ll have a really fantastic view of this strangely large moon as it wanders into Earth’s shadow.”

The eclipse will reach totality late this evening and into tomorrow morning in Australia and New Zealand.

Eclipse 2018: Super moon seen in GreeceEPA

Eclipse 2018: The supermoon has already been photographed in Athens

8.02am: First images of eclipse 2018 emerge

Stunning photos of the super blue blood moon have already started flooding in from all corners of the globe. 

In Los Angeles, a bright orangey moon loomed as a pair of Americans looked on, while a larger-than-average moon was also photographed rising next to the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

More awe-inspiring imagery is expected later in the day when the eclipse reaches totality.

Read more: ECLIPSE 2018 BLOOD MOON IN PICTURES

Eclipse 2018 live: Super blue blood moon in LAGETTY / TIME AND DATE

Eclipse 2018 LIVE: The super blue blood moon will be visible across the USA and Canada

7.43am: What time will the eclipse 2018 be visible in the US?

Below is a breakdown of what time totality will occur across the United States (All local times): 

  • Washington DC – 7.51am to 9.07am
  • New York City – 7.51am to 9.07am
  • Chicago – 6.51am to 8.07am
  • Kansas City – 6.51am to 8.07am
  • Denver – 5.51am – 7.07am
  • Phoenix – 5.51am – 7.07am
  • Los Angeles – 4.51am to 6.07am
  • Seattle – 4.51am to 6.07am

Read more: WHEN IS THE SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON IN YOUR AREA?

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