Published On: Thu, Feb 1st, 2018

Eclipse 2018: When is the Super Blue Blood Moon in YOUR area? UK, USA and Canada locations | Science | News

The total lunar eclipse will turn the moon red – a Blood Moon – because of the reddish-orange glow the Moon takes on during the eclipse.

However it will not be visible everywhere in the world, but NASA teased that “lucky folks” will witness it in large parts of the US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Pacific and Australia. 

The January 31 supermoon marks the forth blue moon and total lunar eclipse in North America to appear at the same time in more than 150 years.

The American space agency said: “What do you get when you have a supermoon, which also happens to be the 2nd full Moon of the month, passing through Earth’s shadow during a total lunar eclipse? A Super Blue Blood Moon!”

But when will the spectacle be visible in the UK, USA and Canada?

UK

The UK will not experience the lunar eclipse, as it will only be visible in the western hemisphere and on Earth’s night side.

The eclipse began at 5.51am ET (10.51am GMT) on Wednesday January 31, so the UK will not be fortunate enough to experience the reddish-orange hue when the moon passes directly behind Earth. 

However a super blue moon will still be visible in the UK, which is a rare and spectacular event.

The best time to view the super blue moon will be on the morning of Thursday February 1 at around 12.40am, weather permitting. 

Dr Gregory Brown, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said the full spectacle will “definitely not be visible from the UK, not even a partial eclipse”.

But he said the optimum time to view the UK’s super blue moon will be around 12.40am, when the moon is at its highest.

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Lunar Eclipse 2018: The view of the super moon as seen from Australia

Dr Gregory Brown, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said the moon will rise at about 5pm and will remain in the sky until 8am the following morning.

He said: “It will be high in the sky from about 19:00 and will be at its highest, and thus best, time at around 00:40.

“This coming full moon is unusual in that it is the second full moon of the month, when typically there is only one full moon per calendar month.

“Also, the full moon will be slightly larger than normal given that this is also a supermoon, so astrophotography will be more spectacular than normal.”

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Eclipse 2018: When is the Super Blue Blood Moon in YOUR area?

USA

The western part of North America, Alaska and the Hawaiian islands will get the best view of the super blue blood moon. 

A ‘lunar trifecta’ – a pre-dawn “super blue blood moon” – will be visible on the morning of Wednesday January 31. 

“For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West,” said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. 

“Set your alarm early and go out and take a look.”

The eclipse begins at 5.51am ET (10.51am GMT), as the Moon is about to set in the western sky and the sky is getting lighter in the east.

For people living in North America, Alaska or Hawaii, the super blue blood moon will be visible before sunrise on Wednesday January 31 and the best view will be on the west coast of the US, Alaska, western Canada and Hawaii.

Below are the times for the the start of the eclipse in different time zones across the US and Canada. 

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Eclipse 2018: Stages of the January 31 supermoon in PST

EST (Eastern Standard Time)

5.51am EST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

6.48am EST – Umbral Eclipse begins

7.51am EST – Totality begins

If you live in the East head outside at 6.45am to watch the start of the eclipse. 

CST (Central Standard Time)

4.51am CST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

5.48am CST – Umbral Eclipse begins

6.51am CST – Totality begins

The best viewing of the eclipse will be from 6.15am to 6.30am.

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Eclipse 2018: Map showing which areas of the world will experience the phenomenon

MST (Mountain Standard Time)

3.51am MST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

4.48am MST – Umbral Eclipse begins

5.51am MST – Totality begins

The peak of the blood moon will start at about 6.30am. 

PST (Pacific Standard Time)

2.51am PST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

3.48am PST – Umbral Eclipse begins

4.51am PST – Totality begins

The best viewing will be from 5am to 6am and the totality phase will end at about 6.05am. 

HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

12.51am HAST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

1.48am HAST – Umbral Eclipse begins

2.51am HAST – Totality begins 

The peak time to view the Super Blue Blood Moon in Hawaii will be at 3.29am local time. in Honolulu, the eclipse is expected to last five hours and 17 minutes. 

AKST (Alaska Standard Time)

1.51am AKST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

2.48am AKST – Umbral Eclipse begins

3.51am AKST – Totality begins 

The best viewing will be from 4.29am until the total eclipse ends at 5.07am.

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Eclipse 2018: Map showing which areas of the world will experience the super blue blood moon

Canada

Viewers in western Canada will be treated to the total eclipse from start to finish.

Canadians living in the west – in British Colombia and the Northwest Territories – will have the best chance to view the eclipse in its entirety – the best times to view the eclipse in these areas are listed above under Pacific Standard Time. 

The eclipse will begin at 3.48am on the West Coast, with the total eclipse beginning at 4.51am and ending at 5.29am.

In the east the eclipse will begin at 5.51am on Wednesday January 31 and the remainder of Canada will get to witness a partial lunar eclipse. 

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Eclipse 2018: The super blue blood moon rising above Israel

Australia 

One astronomer said the eclipse is going to be “lovely and long” – especially in the eastern states of Australia. 

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.

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Eclipse 2018: The moon rises over Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California

“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.”

Astronomer Brad Tucker, from the Australian National University, declared that the red appearance of the moon is caused by light bending and filtering properties our the atmosphere.

He explained: “That red appearance is really the sunrise and the sunset of the Earth falling on the Moon.”

Astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will air a free webcast following the Super Blue Blood Moon lunar eclipse which begins at 5.45am EST (10.45am GMT), with live commentary beginning at 7am EST (12pm GMT). 

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Super Blue Blood Moon: The full moon rises behind the Empire state building

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Eclipse 2018: The eclipse begins at 10.51am GMT and totality occurs at 12.51pm

Tips to see the Super Blue Blood Moon

The lunar eclipse’s totality will last for hours, in comparison to a solar eclipse, which only lasts for minutes.

In order to view the moon, Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland advised choosing a spot with a clear view of the western night sky.

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.

If you want to see the whole event you need to get away from tall buildings, bright lights and trees and have a clear view of the western horizon.

The next total lunar eclipse will happen on July 27 and 28 2018, although it will be not be visible from North America, but the rest of the world – South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia will experience a great view of the eclipse.

The following lunar eclipse on January 21 2019 will be visible from all of North and South America and observers in some parts of Europe, Africa and Asia will be able to see some portion of the eclipse. 

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