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Skywatchers around the world were treated to a rare Super Blue Blood Moon today (Jan. 31). While this was the first time in over 150 years that this particular type of eclipse has happened in the U.S., Americans can look forward to another "blood moon" eclipse coming on Jan. 21, 2019.
This next immediate total lunar eclipse — when the moon appears to turn red as it passes through Earth's dark inner shadow, or the umbra — will occur later this year on July 27. But that eclipse won't be visible from North America. However, much of the rest of the world — South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia — will have a great view of that eclipse.
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Astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill captured this composite image of the Super Blue Blood Moon of Jan. 31 over Houston, Texas.
While today's Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse was best viewed from the West Coast (because, farther east, the moon was below the horizon for much of the eclipse), the 2019 one will be visible in its entirety from coast to coast.
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The lunar eclipse on Jan. 21, 2019, also happens to be a so-called supermoon. This means that the moon will be at perigee, or the point in its elliptical orbit at which it is closest to Earth.
On Jan. 21, 2019, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from all of North and South America as well as parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. This NASA chart by eclipse expert Fred Espenak shows details and visibility projections for this “blood moon” eclipse.
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During a supermoon, which can happen only when the moon is full, the moon appears slightly larger and brighter than usual. However, the difference is hardly noticeable to casual stargazers.
One difference between today's eclipse and the one happening next year is that the...
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