Northern Illinois Will Witness A Supermoon, Blue Moon and Lunar Eclipse on the Same Night
A celestial event, that hasn't happened since 1866, will take place above the skies of Northern Illinois next week.152 years is a very long time and it is safe to say that no living human has witnessed in the United States. All three events will take place beginning the evening of January 30th through the morning of January 31st.
So what three events will take place simultaneously?
1. A lunar eclipse: The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow.
2. A Supermoon: is full moon that shows up much brighter than usual
3. A Blue moon: Is the second full moon of a calendar month.
What can you expect as you look up to the skies on Tuesday night? According to AccuWeather:
For most of the night, the moon will appear its normal color. However, during the predawn hours on Jan. 31, the moon will turn a rusty orange or red color as it passes into the Earth's shadow.
During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the darkest part of the Earth's shadow. Unlike a total solar eclipse which lasts only minutes, this will last for several hours.
In Northern Illinois, assuming there are no clouds, we can expect get a full view of this celestial event starting with moon rise on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 30, and set in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Jan. 31