First Super Blue Blood Moon since 1982

Eclipse 2018 live cam streaming from Hawaii

The next blue moon - the second full moon in a calendar month - is only two months away, on March 31.

A flawless trifecta of lunar events unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday morning, dazzling early risers with a cosmic show that hasn't graced the sky in over a century.

The pre-dawn hours of January 31 will play host to an incredibly rare celestial convergence - a "super blue blood moon".

"The moon looks nearer to you because it's nearer other objects that you have a size perspective on - buildings, trees - but it doesn't change size as it goes higher in the sky".

But those looking for a blue moon may be left disappointed when it turns red. Supermoons generally only occur once every 14 months and will not happen again until January 2019.

A lovely view of the rare "super blue blood moon" appearing in sky above Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi.

The whole phenomenon can be best seen from the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii if weather co-operates.

Because our moon doesn't orbit Earth in flawless circles, the size varies depending on its location around the planet.

Like the Earth, half the moon is illuminated by the sun at any one time. So, most of the time the moon ends up a little above or below the path Earth follows as it revolves around the sun.

Eventually, the moon will be covered by Earth's shadow.

People were able to see the super moon Tuesday at sunset. "So if you live in Kansas City or Chicago, your best viewing will be from about 6:15-6:30 a.m", said Johnston.

Mount the lens on your DSLR, put the camera on a sturdy tripod and aim it at the moon. When a full moon coincides with the time of the perigee, that phase is known as a super moon.

The lunar event will combine a super moon, blue moon and a lunar eclipse. The clouds came in after the full eclipse began, but they lifted after a while. Regions around Rajasthan will be able to witness it from 6.21 PM to 7.37 PM.

In the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, it will be seen during moonrise in the evening.

However, the most easily visible total lunar eclipse for decades in North America is coming up very soon. It's a super moon, which means it's closer to the earth than usual. "We have had an aleron at the moon for eight years, revolutionising our understanding of the moon, its surface and it's environment", Petro said.

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