Lunar Eclipse Super Blue Blood Moon will excite sky watchers on Wednesday January 31 as three celestial events coincide, however not everyone will live in a region that will experience totality, so here is how you can watch the rare spectacle online.
How to Watch The NASA Total Lunar Eclipse Live Stream
NASA will be providing live coverage of the entire celestial spectacle, courtesy of NASA TV. You will be able to follow along the webcast on @NASAMoon, NASA’s lunar Twitter account. The stream begins at 5.30am EST (10.30am GMT) before the penumbral Lunar Eclipse begins and will feature views from different vantage points in western USA.
NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and the University of Arizona’s Mt.Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory are the chosen locations to stream the Lunar Eclipse super blue blood moon. The total Lunar Eclipse, when the moon glows red from passing into the direct shadow of the Earth begins at 7.52am EST (12.52pm GMT) on Wednesday January 31 and lasts for one hour and 16 minutes.
However the whole process from the beginning of the penumbral eclipse to when it ends will take more than four hours. The celestial event is known as a lunar trifecta, the combination of a super moon, a total Lunar Eclipse and a blue moon. Those in the western US, Alaska and Hawaii are situated perfectly to view the eclipse in its entirety but in the eastern US, the moon will set and the sun will ruse before the total lunar eclipse begins.
Who else is streaming the Super Blue Blood Moon?
Astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will also be live streaming the Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse starting from 5.45am EST (10.45am GMT). Live commentary from Slooh’s experts Paul Cox, Helen Avery, Paige Godfrey and Bob Berman will start at 7am EST (12pm GMT). The total lunar eclipse will be visible from just after 7.50am EST (12.50pm GMT).
Slooh will live stream the total five hours and 17 minutes of the eclipse, and will feature live streams from partners in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. “This is the first total since September 28 2015 an it has been almost seven years since the Moon entered the Earth’s umbral shadow as deeply as this one,” Slooh astronomer Paul Cox said.
The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will be hosting a live online broadcast of the Lunar Eclipse between 5.45am to 10am EST (10.45am to 3pm GMT). The Virtual Telescope Project will live stream the total lunar eclipse from telescopes in Australia and the United States at 6.30am EST (11.30am GMT) and ends at 11am EST (4pm GMT).
They will also be live streaming the ‘Super Blue Moon’ from Rome starting at 4pm GMT.