To make the event even more spectacular, the full moon will also be a supermoon like the one on January 1.
In the case of January 31st's supermoon, all three of these events are occurring at one time, which is why it is being called the Super Blue Blood Moon. On America's East Coast the eclipse will start coming into view at 5:51 a.m. and will give viewers in cities like NY only a small window to see the reddish moon. While the moon is in the Earth's shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a "blood moon". Its two definitions are used nearly interchangeably - as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons, or the second full moon in a calendar month - and it has absolutely no correlation to the colour of the moon. Apart from being a total lunar eclipse, it will be a blue moon, a blood moon and a super moon as well. We will experience a total lunar eclipse. While viewers along the East Coast will see only the initial stages of the eclipse before moonset, those in the West and Hawaii will see most or all of the lunar eclipse phases before dawn.
The next lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019 and will be visible throughout all of the U.S.
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A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth - into its shadow - and can only happen when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly aligned, with the Earth in the middle. The red coloring is why the moon also gets the nickname of the "blood moon". A supermoon occurs when the moon is closer to the Earth than it normally is during its orbit. Some parts of Europe, Africa and Asia won't get to see the full eclipse. However, you'll have a further hour and four minutes to view the partial eclipse, which will last until 7.11pm, as the moon comes out from the eclipse. Pacific Time will be the best time to view the eclipse.
The Moon will enter the outer part of Earth's shadow at 5:51 a.m. EST, but it reportedly won't be all that noticeable.