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Rare 'Super Blue Blood Moon'

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- There’s a special “super blue blood moon” coming Jan. 31 that is unique for a few reasons!  Some aren't very noticeable but the lunar eclipse will be a sight.  A total lunar eclipse is very different than the solar eclipse we witnessed last August in the St. Louis region and no special glasses are needed, according to police in St. Ann.

Here's why some people may call it a "Super blue blood moon":

A supermoon is when the full or new moon coincides with when the moon is at or very near its closest to earth in its monthly orbit.  While it may appear slightly bigger and brighter, the difference is relatively small and not very noticeable.  NASA considers this a supermoon, though the true closest point this month is on January 30th.  Some definitions though qualify if the full moon is very near this closest point called perigee.

A blue moon too. This will be the second full moon of the month, known as a blue moon. 

A total lunar eclipse, thus "blood moon" too.  The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow and give the St. Louis region a view of a total lunar eclipse.  The moon appears to turn a reddish color hence the term "Blood Moon".  

Residents living in the Central Time Zone will have the best viewing since the action begins when the Moon is higher in the western sky on Jan. 31, according to NASA officials. The eclipse will be more difficult to see in the lightening pre-dawn sky, and the Moon will set after 7 a.m. as the Sun begins to rise.

“So if you live in Kansas City or Chicago, your best viewing will be from about 6:15 until 6:30 a.m.,” said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington.  He went on to say,  “Again, you’ll have more success if you can go to a high place with a clear view to the West.” 

You won’t want to miss this lunar eclipse because NASA says you’ll have to wait almost another year for the next opportunity in North America!

When: Wednesday morning January 31st. 
NASA says best viewing 6:15 AM to 6:30 AM because the partial eclipse is underway and you'll avoid the light of dawn and the moon set soon to follow.

For St. Louis:
Partial Lunar Eclipse Begins 5:48 AM
Total Lunar Eclipse Begins 6:51 AM
Max Eclipse 6:56 AM (though moon is near or dipping below horizon with moon set at 7:08 AM and sun is rising).

Where: Look to the western sky, seek out high ground with clear view west.

For more information about the “Super Blue Blood Moon”, visit NASA’s website.

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