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There will be a Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31—Here’s how to check it out

by Brandon Russell | January 30, 2018January 30, 2018 3:00 pm EST

If you peer up at the sky during the early morning hours of January 31, you’ll be treated to a nice view of a “super blue blood moon,” according to NASA.

Folks located on the West Coast, including Alaska and the Hawaiian islands, will get an especially good view, though the rare occurrence can be seen worldwide.

The show will begin around 5:30 a.m. EST.

Scientists say the full moon on January 31 will be special for three reasons: it’ll be closer to Earth in its orbit; it’ll be the second full moon of the month; and it will pass through Earth’s shadow, where the moon will take on a reddish tint.

“Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish,” explained Gordon Johnston, a lunar blogger at NASA.

The entire event will last for about five hours, when the penumbral eclipse begins at 2:51 a.m. to when the penumbral eclipse ends at 8:08 a.m. If you aren’t in an area for optimal viewing, NASA will stream the event live at


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