Eyes in the sky for 'super blue blood moon'

The Grand Strand could see a partial lunar eclipse Wednesday morning, during the second full moon of 2018, known as the super blue blood moon eclipse.

A supermoon comes when the moon reaches the point in its orbit when it's at its closest to Earth - its perigee - appearing 14 percent larger and about 30 percent brighter than usual.

A blue moon refers to the very unusual occurrence of two full moons in a single month.

Global map showing areas of the world that will experience (weather permitting) the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon". Since it is relatively close to Earth this makes it a "Supermoon", which is a cultural term, rather than scientific.

In fact, you'll have chance to see a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon.

The eclipse begins at 6:48 a.m., when the earth's shadow will start to cast.

The eastern U.S., India, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia will be able to see a partial eclipse.

He further explained that a super moon has an effect on the height of tides but has no correlation or effect on Mayon Volcano's eruption. Since the moon is setting during the event, the higher up you get and can look west, the better the show. The last time this happened was March 31, 1866.

The blue supermoon lunar eclipse is the highlight of the few weeks of supermoons for this past couple of months, which started with the first supermoon back on December 3, 2017.

The components of the Super Blue Blood Moon are not all that rare when taken on their own. The first full moon occurred on January 1, and was the biggest Americans will see this year. The total lunar eclipse then occurs from 6:51 a.m.to 8:07 a.m. CST for those parts of the country where it will be visible. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons.

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The next eclipse visible from western Kentucky will be a total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019. In the continental US, the eclipse will only be visible in the early morning hours Wednesday.

There are usually a couple of lunar eclipses each year so if you do miss it this time around, the next one will happen on July 27 - though it won't be visible in North America. Like sunsets, when sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, blue light is scattered while red light is bent into Earth's shadow - meaning the lunar surface is lit by the diffuse glow of Earth's sunsets.

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