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Super blue blood moon eclipse coming this month

22:05, Sunday, 14 January, 2018
Super blue blood moon eclipse coming this month

On the last day of January, the night sky will unveil a sight not seen in over 150 years: a super blue blood moon eclipse.

But Florida residents need not worry too much about jotting it down on their celestial to-do list, as it largely won’t be visible from here or throughout the eastern United States.

By the time the phenomenon would be viewable in the sky over South Florida, it’ll be close to 7 a.m. Jan. 31, when the moon is dipping near the horizon and the day is breaking.

As a result, South Floridians will at most get to see a small partial eclipse of the moon — depending on their vantage point and whether the sky is clear.

According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will be viewable from western North America and across the Pacific to eastern Asia.

Despite being referred to as a blue moon, it won’t be blue. The term “blue moon” is an unscientific term with hazy origins, possibly from folklore, that some use to refer to a second full moon in a month. (There was already a full moon on Jan. 1.) It has nothing to do with color.

In fact, the eclipse will cause the moon to appear red, hence the term “blood moon.”

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