On Wednesday morning, January 31, if the skies are clear, we will have an awesome view of a beautiful full moon, so close to our planet that the phrase "Super Moon" has been coined to describe its size and splendor.
It is also a Blue Moon - the second full moon in just one month.
And even more awesome - we will be able to observe a lunar eclipse, as the Earth's shadow blocks the sun from shining on the moon, making the moon appear red - a "Blood Moon".
Here in Concord, NH, the moon will begin to enter Earth's shadow at 5:50 a.m. on January 31. The height of the lunar eclipse will be at 6:48 a.m. And the still-eclipsing moon will set at 7:02 - so don't sleep in and miss the first Blue-Blood Moon since 1866!
If you won't be in Central New Hampshire for the lunar eclipse, enter your location in the U.S. Naval Observatory's Lunar Eclipse Calendar to find when the lunar eclipse will be visible in your area. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center www.starhop.com -
You don’t need special glasses to watch a lunar eclipse, you can just look up! But if you have a telescope or binoculars, you’ll catch more detail, as the shadow of the Earth covers the mountains, “seas” and craters of the moon, turning them red.