While the January 31 lunar eclipse will be tough to see from some parts of the United States, there are other spectacular heavenly displays in store for Americans in the future.
During the total eclipse, the moon, the second full moon of January, will have a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere manipulates light.
The National Planetarium in a statement said several telescopes will be provided for observing the lunar eclipse. Hasan Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group has stated that to observe this wonderful opportunity people are advised to go to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to east-northeast for the best view of the eclipse. It is coincidental that the eclipse is happening when the moon is closest to the Earth making it seem bigger in size.
Ridley added that unlike the sun in a solar eclipse, the moon doesn't disappear during a lunar eclipse. It's a lunar eclipse, when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow and is tinted a coppery red.
The early bird gets to witness a total lunar eclipse this week.
The best time to view the eclipse will be at 5:29 a.m., when onlookers can expect to see a dimly lit red moon.
If the weather gods co-operate, the "super blue blood moon" on January 31 is one of them.
"Viewers in Western Canada will be treated to the total eclipse phase from start to finish, though the penumbral shadow will pass after the moon has set", NASA says on its website. Although these increases are hardly noticeable to the eye, it is nice to gaze up and know the Moon is near its closest point to Earth, an altitude of around 224,000 miles (360,000km).More news: Russian police detain opposition leader after he appears at rally
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A blue moon is the second full moon to take place in a calendar month, which happens once every two or three years.
Mr Johnston said: "For the (continental) United States, the viewing will be best in the West".
The spectacle will hover less than 10 degrees above the western horizon at that time, which could make it hard to see if mountains are in your line of sight.
Total eclipse begins at 4:52 a.m.
Johnston has been following and writing about the Moon since 2004, when he and about 20 colleagues at NASA Headquarters would get together after work during the full moon in "celebratory attire"-which for Johnston meant his signature bow tie. The overall eclipse ends at 12.08 midnight on Feb 1", he explained".
But, he said, "that's just the way the sky did it".
During NASA's Apollo missions, scientists found that the moon's rocky covering, called regolith, was "fluffy" and not very supportive in the lower latitudes, Elphic said.