How To Tap Into The Energy Of Tonight's Once-In-A-Century Supermoon
At 8:26AM EST, the January 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of supermoons, when the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, making it a “blue moon” AND, this "super blue moon" will pass through the Earth’s shadow and generate a total lunar eclipse—and take on a reddish hue; an effect known as a “blood moon.” The last rare convergence of all three of these lunar events happened 150 years ago, in 1866.
For skywatchers on the East Coast in the U.S., this "Super Blue Blood Moon" will enter the Earth’s shadow around 5:51AM EST, and will begin to turn red by 6:48AM for a brief spectacle before setting about a half-hour later. For those out West in California and Canada, lucky you, as you will have the best views of the blood moon eclipse at its fullest capacity, similar to the Great American Solar Eclipse six months ago.