Don’t miss the what’s being called the “Lunar Trifecta.”
WESTERN WYOMING — Set your alarm early the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 31 for a lunar trifecta: a pre-dawn “super blue blood moon.”
The Lunar Trifecta of a Blue Moon passing closest to Earth during a total lunar eclipse…last occurred over the United States 150 years ago.
According to the National Weather Service in Riverton, a winter storm system could obscure the rare Super Blue Moon early Wednesday morning.
Clouds and snow showers are expected over western and northern Wyoming Wednesday morning with mostly to partly cloudy skies across the rest of the Cowboy State.
How watch if it’s cloudy?
If the Wyoming weather does not cooperate and the moon is obscured, beginning at 5:30 am EST on Jan. 31, a live feed of the Moon will be offered on NASA TV and NASA.gov/live.
Weather permitting, the NASA TV broadcast will feature views from the varying vantage points of telescopes at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles; and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory.
“For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West,” said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Set your alarm early and go out and take a look.”
Why is this moon so special?
The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14% brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.”
The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.”