THE SUPERMOON eclipse could give the larger than usual moon a blood reddish hue at the end of the month. But where in the world can you see the lunar eclipse?
The so-called super blue blood moon on January 31 is extra special because the supermoon and blue moon happen at the same time as a lunar eclipse.
The supermoon gets its name because the full moon will be near its closest approach to Earth on its elliptical orbit around our planet.
In this case, it also happens to be what is known as a relatively rare blue moon because it is the second full moon in a single month.
And in a final twist, it is blood moon as well because the lunar eclipse gives the moon a reddish hue as it falls in the Earth’s shadow.
Unfortunately the UK will not witness the lunar eclipse because it will peak at 1.30pm GMT in the middle of day when the moon is not out.
The NASA map below shows the parts of the world where it will be dark at the time of the lunar eclipse on the final day of January.
Western Europe, the west side of Africa and the east side of South America will not be able to see the lunar eclipse.
But the USA, Canada, Asia and the eastern side of Europe are lucky and will be able to see the lunar eclipse on January 31.
Unlike America’s solar eclipse in the summer, there is not a specific path of totality that limits where you can see the lunar eclipse.
Dr Daniel Brown, an astronomy expert at Nottingham Trent University, said that the UK is on the side of the world that cannot see the moon at the time of the eclipse.
But for the rest of the world, he said: “Everywhere where you will be able to see the full moon, you will be able to see the lunar eclipse.”