COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The last day of January will bring a rare treat for skygazers: It’s a full moon, but the second one in one calendar month, so it becomes a blue moon. It also happens to be a supermoon, meaning the moon is closer to earth, and there will be a total lunar eclipse.
And, according to EarthSky.org, it’s the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in the Americas since March 1866.
Jan. 31’s supermoon, according to NASA, will also feature a total lunar eclipse in parts of the country – when the Earth, sun and moon, line up in such a way that the Earth blocks the sunlight that would otherwise reflect off the moon.
The next blue moon total lunar eclipse will happen Dec. 31, 2028.
NASA wrote: “If you live in the Central time zone, viewing will be better, since the action begins when the Moon is higher in the western sky. At 4:51 a.m. CST the penumbra — or lighter part of Earth’s shadow – will touch the Moon. By about 6:15 a.m. CST the Earth’s reddish shadow will be clearly noticeable on the Moon.”