Super blue moon to appear blood red early Wednesday - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Super blue moon to appear blood red early Wednesday

A lunar eclipse brings a blood moon this month. And it's also a blue moon and a super moon too. A lunar eclipse brings a blood moon this month. And it's also a blue moon and a super moon too.
January's lunar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. early Wednesday just before moonset. January's lunar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. early Wednesday just before moonset.
This month's blood moon will also be a blue moon and a super moon. This month's blood moon will also be a blue moon and a super moon.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

A rare view of the moon this week has astronomers and sky-watching enthusiasts excited.

A lunar eclipse is scheduled to take place Tuesday Jan 30 into Wednesday Jan 31.

As the entire moon passes through earth's shadow, South Mississippi should be able to view a partial lunar eclipse for about one hour on Wednesday morning, weather permitting.

"At first, the moon will look dark gray in color during the overnight hours," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "But, during the early morning hours on Wednesday the color will change to dark red as the moon sets."

In South Mississippi, expect the partial lunar eclipse to begin at about 5:48 A.M. Central Time on Wednesday.

As the moon sets in the morning sky, more and more of the moon will become redder and redder.

The moon finally sets at 6:49 A.M., hiding below the horizon just moments before it turns 100% red.

But, if weather permits, it should be a nice and rare view of a Blood Moon for us.

The moon's color change will be caused by the scattering of sunlight through Earth's atmosphere, the same effect that gives our sunrises their reddish hue.

And it's what leads some to call the event a "Blood Moon."

But, this is not your average blood moon. This blood moon will also be a supermoon because it's closer to earth: it will appear slightly larger and slightly brighter than a typical full moon. This will be the final supermoon in a series of three supermoons that have all occurred over the last two months.

And this super blood moon is an extra special occasion because it's blue too. But, that 'blue' is in name only and has nothing to do with its appearance.

The second full moon to occur in any calendar month is simply always called a blue moon, as found in folk lore.

So, there you have it: a blood moon, a super moon, and a blue moon all at once.

A triple treat for our January sky, as long as the weather cooperates.

Will there be clouds during this month's lunar eclipse? See the latest daily and hourly forecast for your location right now by simply opening your WLOX Weather App or by checking our Weather Page.

Don't have our free weather app? Click here to learn how to get it.

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • WLOX First Alert Weather BlogsMore>>

  • Tornadoes barely missed South Mississippi on Sunday

    Tornadoes barely missed South Mississippi on Sunday

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-04-23 16:47:36 GMT
    Several twisters were reported on Sunday April 22, 2018 across the central Gulf Coast region. This was one from southeast Louisiana near Galliano.Several twisters were reported on Sunday April 22, 2018 across the central Gulf Coast region. This was one from southeast Louisiana near Galliano.

    Sunday was soggy in South Mississippi. Numerous showers dumped about an inch of rainfall in the area and tornadoes were reported across our region.

    More >>

    Sunday was soggy in South Mississippi. Numerous showers dumped about an inch of rainfall in the area and tornadoes were reported across our region.

    More >>
  • It'll be a soggy Sunday across the coast

    It'll be a soggy Sunday across the coast

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:29 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:29:55 GMT

    The WLOX First Alert Weather team is tracking another storm system that will bring the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday.

    More >>

    The WLOX First Alert Weather team is tracking another storm system that will bring the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday.

    More >>
  • The April night and morning sky

    The April night and morning sky

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:47 AM EDT2018-04-20 15:47:53 GMT

    You can see Venus and Jupiter in the night sky. Then in the morning, before sunrise, you can spot Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Then, on April 22, the Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks with 20 bright meteors per hour visible to the eye.

    More >>

    You can see Venus and Jupiter in the night sky. Then in the morning, before sunrise, you can spot Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Then, on April 22, the Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks with 20 bright meteors per hour visible to the eye.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly