The Grand Strand could see a partial lunar eclipse this week

Audrey Hill
January 29, 2018

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between and the sun and moon and the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

While none of these events is particularly unusual on its own - and though the result will add up to little more than a glorified eclipse - scientists say the trifecta may be a once-in-a-lifetime affair in North America. You'll have another chance to see a total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, which should be visible across the U.S.

Debiprasad Duari, director of research and academics at M P Birla Planetarium said the eclipse will last for one hour and 16 minutes in the country. Usually, every calendar month only has one full moon, but sometimes, a second one squeezes in.

Greatest eclipse at 5:30 a.m.

This will require an unobstructed view of the west-northwest before moonset (7:41 a.m.), assuming the sky is mainly clear (which is looking a bit doubtful).

"You don't need any physical equipment to see it, and in most cases, you don't have to move from your home", said Andrew Fraknoi, emeritus astronomy professor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

What is a lunar eclipse?

The super blood moon will be visible on January 31st, 2018.

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On Jan. 31, the sun, moon and Earth line up (syzygy), so that Earth's shadow blocks sunlight normally reflected off the moon.

The maximal eclipse in Dubai will be visible at 6.04pm and the total eclipse will end at 6.07pm.

"For the (continental) US, the viewing will be best in the West", said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The moon will be just above the horizon by less than a degree, perhaps already set for many area viewers. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth into its umbra.

"For the [CONTINENTAL] US, the viewing will be best in the west", said Gordon Johnston, programme executive and lunar blogger at Nasa.

"Set your alarm early and go out and take a look", Johnston said.

The Virtual Telescope Project will also live stream the eclipse with source material in Australia and the United States beginning 6:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT) until 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT).

If you live in North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31.

What time is the lunar eclipse in the UK?

"The moon will also appear red due to the lunar eclipse and is also called "blue" because of the popular saying, "Once in a blue moon" as there are two full moons in a month very rarely". "Light refracted through our atmosphere turns the lunar surface red, much like we see red sunsets", says "backyard astronomer" Gary Boyle.

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