SUPERMOON + BLUE MOON + TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
Time to meditate. A full moon symbolizes the end to a cycle. What cycle have you been on that is ending or should end? Did the
end come to fruition as you planned? If not, set an intention during your mindful meditation today and ask the universe/super moon to give you clarity. You will be amazed at what might transpire during this special and rare full moon.
Gwen Plummer gives the following account: On Wednesday, January 31, some of us in the United States will get to watch something we haven’t seen here in over 150 years, according to Space.com. As NASA explains, the super blue blood moon is made up of three special lunar events that rarely occur on the same day.
First, the “super.” That comes from the fact that tomorrow’s early morning moon will be a “supermoon,” or a time when the moon is slightly closer to the Earth because of its orbit. NASA reports that this makes the moon “about 14 percent brighter than usual.”
Then there’s the “blue” bit. A blue moon is simply the second full moon of the month, according to NASA. January is a pretty long month, giving the moon just enough time to reach fullness twice.
And finally, the strangest name of them all, the “blood.” NASA reports that a blood moon is a moon that is crossing Earth’s shadow, and therefore has a reddish tint. As the New York Times explains it, a blood moon “occurs as the moon slides behind Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse.”
On Wednesday, all three of those things will happen at the same time — so the combination of the second full moon of the month being slightly closer to Earth and undergoing a lunar eclipse gives us a “super blue blood moon.” The last time North Americans watched a total lunar eclipse coincide with a blue moon was March 31, 1866, according to Space.com
So how can you see this once in a lifetime moon? It depends on where you live.
The U.S. West coast is going to have the best view of the super blue blood moon, according to Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA. Alaska and Hawaii will as well. But on the East coast, it’ll be much harder to see according to Gordon because “the eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east.”
In the midwest, the phenomenon will begin at 4:51am CT, according the New York Times. The moon will begin to turn red around 6:15am. If you live in Mountain Time, everything will kick off at 4:48am, and the moon will start turning red around 6:30 — but the sun will rise by 7. On the west coast, head out around 4:51am your time to watch the whole thing from start to finish.