I guarantee you that you have never seen a lunar eclipse like the one that is happening tonight. Why? It’s because this lunar eclipse is special, it is a super blue blood moon and this has not happened in over 150 years.
It is considered a blue moon because it is the second full moon of the month. It is considered a super moon because it is at least 90 percent to its closest distance to the Earth within its rotation. This means that the moon is full and no farther than 226,000 miles away from Earth. Super moons appear larger and brighter than an ordinary full moon.
The lunar eclipse will begin for us in the NOVA viewing area at 10:33pm, the total eclipse will begin at 11:41pm and end at 12:43am.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are in a perfect line, with the Earth between the two. This can only happen during a full moon. The Earth’s Shadow is what causes the eclipse. The moon may appear slightly red thanks to the Earth’s atmosphere as the sun refracts and red is minimally absorbed, thus reflecting on the moon.
So, get out there tonight and don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.