Lunar Trifecta in Alaska: Super Blue Blood Moon

NASA

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Early Wednesday morning, Alaska will be treated to a rare celestial event—a super, blue, blood moon. All of Alaska will be able to see the eclipse, weather-willing.

It’s a super moon because the full moon is occurring when the moon is closest to its nearest approach to Earth, making the moon appear larger than normal. In this case, the moon will look about 14 percent bigger than normal.

It’s a blue moon because it’s the second full moon in a month. The first occurred on January 1, 2018.

And it’s a blood moon because a total lunar eclipse occurs at the same time. During a lunar eclipse, Earth’s shadow has a red tint to it, making the moon appear reddish.

Alaska is well-situated to see the super blue blood moon, but you’ll have to get up early Wednesday to see it. Below is a list of when each stage occurs. The “penumbral” eclipse is a partial shadow that crosses the moon first.

Penumbral eclipse 1:51 a.m.
Partial eclipse begins 2:48 a.m.
Total eclipse begins 3:51 a.m.
Maximum eclipse 4:29 a.m.
Total eclipse ends 5:07 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends 6:11 a.m.
Penumbral eclipse ends 7:08 a.m.



 
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