Sure, we know there is going to be a Super Blue Blood Moon, but who is going to be able to see it the best? Will there be places that are unable to see it? These are questions we need to be answered.
Well, those in places like Alaska and Hawaii will have the best views of this event, but even those in the western part of North America will see plenty as well. We are very close to this celestial event and because it is such a rare one it is something we should all take the time to enjoy.
Now, if you are on the East Coast you won’t be able to see the event completely but you will get a good view of most of it. People in the Central Time Zone will be able to see it in general but won’t be able to see the lunar eclipse part of this event because it will begin just as the moon sets for the Central and Eastern time zones. Sure, they will catch a glimpse of it, but they won’t see totality because once the sun rises the moon sets.
ABC News wrote as follows in regards to ‘how to watch’ this phenomenon:
All those on the West Coast will have to do is get up extremely early — before 4 a.m.– and look up to the western sky. They will see the moon, which will dim as it passes into the Earth’s shadow, Petro said.
The sky will then get dark, and once the moon is completely submerged in the earth’s shadow, it will turn into a beautiful red color, he added.
Gabriel Biderman, a professional nighttime photographer and founder of photography group National Parks at Night, suggests that people find out exactly when the moon is rising and setting in their location to determine the perfect time to go out and see the lunar eclipse.
In San Francisco, for example, the partial eclipse will begin at 3:48 a.m. and go into total eclipse from 4:51 a.m. to 6:07 a.m., according to NASA.
The farther east you go, the less you’ll be able to see. In Chicago, the total lunar eclipse begins at 6:51 a.m. and the maximum eclipse is visible at 6:56 a.m. The moon will then set at 7:03 a.m. and the lunar eclipse will no longer be visible.
Unlike the total solar eclipsed that occurred in August 2017, the total lunar eclipse will be safe to view with the naked eye. It will also last for more an hour, while the totality of darkness from the solar eclipse was fleeting — less than three minutes.
Those on the East Coast should go out to see the super blue moon on Tuesday, the night before the total lunar eclipse, Biderman said.
Petro encourages people to go out and look at the moon in the nights following the event so they can “see how it changes over the course of the month” and “how the next moon compares,” he said.
Loved witnessing the recent solar eclipse? See a LUNAR eclipse on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. This week, #10Things to know about this astronomical event: https://t.co/GJc0Pz3O0G pic.twitter.com/ELBi0Lpf6j
— NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) January 24, 2018
All of this aside, if you can’t watch this live you could always tune into the feed offered by NASA on NASA TV or NASA.gov/Live. Will you be taking the time to check out this interesting event? I know I will be watching as best I can.