PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - A rare treat indeed will be partially visible this Wednesday, January 31st...
A Super Blue Blood Moon!
A super moon is when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. The distance will be 223k miles versus the usual distance of 238k. This will make the moon appear slightly bigger (14%) and brighter than usual... although probably not as much as you would think.
A blue moon is when we have 2 full moons in the same calendar month. The lunar cycle is a little more than 29 days so typically if you have a full moon on the 1st or 2nd of a month you will get a blue moon. On average we typically only see a blue moon every 2.5 years or so.
A blood moon is when we have a total lunar eclipse. Often times the moon takes on a reddish hue during a lunar eclipse. This is known as a 'blood moon.'
OK... here is the kinda bad news... we won't be able to see totality here in Northwest Florida, but we will see a good bit of it.
The partial eclipse begins...
Jan 31 at 5:48:27 am CT
The moon sets at 6:33 am CT
Total eclipse begins: 6:52 a.m. CT
So, unfortunately the moon will set 20 mins before totality, but it still should be quite the show low in the western sky!
By the way, the next Blue Moon total lunar eclipse will happen on December 31, 2028.
The next total lunar eclipse visible here will be January 20–21, 2019.