Triple Treat for Stargazers

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, January 27, 2018
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Heads up stargazers, there are three cool things to watch for in the night sky this coming week.

We will see a lunar eclipse, supermoon, and blue moon.

On January 31 there will be a total lunar eclipse. It will also be a blue moon and a supermoon. 

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra. This can occur only when the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle.

A blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month.

A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. 

Those in the western United States will have the best chance to see it.

It begins at 5:51 a.m. on Jan. 31.

The Team

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