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Lunar Eclipse 2018: Live Stream, NASA TV

The Lunar Eclipse 2018 with the long title Super Blue Blood Moon is going to be visible in the early morning hours tomorrow, Wednesday January 31. But if it’s too cloudy, too cold, or you’re just too sleepy to get out of bed, you can still watch the eclipse online. The video of this beautiful blood moon. The video starts early morning January 31 at at 5:45 a.m. Eastern. Slooh will live cast the entire lunar eclipse a stream that is expected to last for about five hours and 17 minutes. The totality phase of the eclipse will start on the live stream around 7:50 a.m. Eastern and last for about one hour and 16 minutes.

Lunar Eclipse Live Stream NASA TV

Virtual Telescope is also offering a live stream of the Super Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse 2018. This stream starts at 11:30 UT (5:30 a.m. Eastern.) The Virtual Telescope team is partnering with images from across the globe to give you a wide variety of images and views.

The best time to look Lunar Eclipse 2018 for it is at 6:48 am Eastern time. (Sunrise is at 7:15 am.) At that time, the moon will be near the horizon in the Western sky, so if you live in a wooded area, in a city, or anywhere with an obstructed view of the horizon, it will be hard to spot. By the time the total phase of the eclipse starts at 7:51 am, the moon will be completely out of view.

The total Lunar Eclipse 2018 early Wednesday morning will be a spectacularly rare one. Not only will the moon turn a deep-red color during the eclipse, but it will be slightly bigger and brighter than usual: a super moon. But that’s not all: It’s the second full moon of January, making it a “blue moon” as well.

Early Wednesday morning, Americans west of the Mississippi River can watch the moon turn blood red, when it plunges through Earth’s shadow in a Lunar Eclipse 2018. But if you could somehow hitch a ride to the moon, you would witness a magical celestial show seen only by astronauts: a spectacular total solar eclipse more than an hour long.

A Lunar Eclipse 2018 of such duration is more than 20 times longer than the amazing total solar eclipses witnessed by millions of Americans in August. A solar eclipse seen from the moon would not only last much longer than the Earth version, but it would also take on a unique appearance as Earth blocks the sun. (During a solar eclipse seen from Earth, the moon blocks the sun.)

Watching a solar eclipse from the moon, the disk of the Earth would appear over three times larger than the sun.

On the moon, as the solar eclipse progressed, the bright side of the moon would gradually darken as the earth interrupts the flow of sunlight. Shadows would become sharper, and the color of the light would change. The ordinarily bland sunlight would transition to a bronze tinge that would wash over everything.

Then, as Earth wedges into more and more of the sun, the light streaming down to the moon would shrink into a bead the same “Bailey’s Bead” phenomenon that we saw during the Great American Eclipse. But that’s when things become markedly different.

Next, a red ring would form around Earth, which would otherwise appear as an inky-black sphere across the dark vastness of space. It would be much brighter on one side of the outlined earth. This “ring of fire” would develop as the last rays of sunlight streamed through the earth’s atmosphere tangentially to the surface, filtering out all but the red wavelengths. It’s the same reason sunsets look red from the ground.

This razor-thin crimson ring would be an “incredible sight,” said Karen Runyon, a science teacher in Massachusetts. Runyon is passionate about everything science and shares this love of learning in the classroom. Of all that the field encompasses, space science is her favorite.

“When I stare in wonder at the simplicity of a lunar eclipse,” she said, “I often think about the view from the moon. Imagine seeing every sunrise and sunset on Earth all at once against a starry backdrop, the moon bathed in a dusky glow. It would be simply astonishing!”

The elusive solar corona, too, would emerge. But because Earth would cover more of the space surrounding the sun, lunar residents wouldn’t be able to see the chromosome the fiery region of high-energy flares ejecting from the sun’s surface. Likewise, “coronal loops” of plasma that snake around magnetic field lines close to the solar surface would be out of view, the inner corona obscured as well.

But Earth wouldn’t hide everything. Depending on the shape of the corona, long silky prominences would shimmer well beyond the void cut out by Earth. These icy-white tendrils would stretch out for millions of miles, like hair radiating from Earth. While some of the coronal structure fades into the twilight sky during Lunar Eclipse 2018 on Earth, it would blaze against a pitch-black background in space.

Moreover, the dark side of Earth facing the moon wouldn’t be completely dark. From the moon, you would be able to see the nighttime lights of distant cities a quarter million miles away. Likewise, the corona’s color would change whitest toward the edges, then blue, and finally a peachy orange toward the center. And this wouldn’t be a fleeting event as on Earth; it would last more than an hour!

In addition to this, Earth would seem to “glow” red from light scattered through and around the atmosphere. This is known as “earth shine.” It’s the reason we can sometimes see the dark side of the moon from Earth, even though the moon produces no natural light of its own.

The best views will be for people in the western part of the United States, eastern Asia, or Australia. If you’re on the eastern side of the U.S., then the rising sun will interfere with your view of the beautiful red moon. That’s why these live streams will be especially helpful for you. The streams below are courtesy of NASA and will start at 5:30 a.m. Eastern. The live stream is supposed to be available on both of NASA’s channels below (the Public and Media channels), but if one doesn’t work then at least the other stream should. The streams will already be running before the Lunar Eclipse 2018 coverage begins, but they should both switch to lunar eclipse programming at 5:30 a.m. Eastern.

This lunar eclipse is the first total Lunar Eclipse 2018 since September 28, 2015. The next total lunar eclipse will be on July 27, 2018. This eclipse is called a “Blood Moon” because the total eclipse gives the moon a red hue during totality. The eclipse occurs as the moon moves behind the Earth’s shadow (and the Earth moves between the sun and the moon.) The moon stays a beautiful shade of red for about an hour. The event is called a “blue moon” because it’s the second full moon of the month. The “super moon” term is because it’s closer to the Earth than normal, but the size difference won’t be hugely apparent like it sometimes is.

There’s just one problem: The total eclipse is not going to be visible for most of the East Coast of the United States. Instead, we’ll get a partial eclipse of the blue moon just before and during dawn.

But no fear, East Coasters (and people in other regions of the world that won’t see a total eclipse), can still enjoy it thanks to NASA.

For people on the West Coast, where the view of the total eclipse should be good (as long as the weather’s clear), here’s a guide of when to look. The moon will be in the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow for more than an hour.

The Midwest has a shot of seeing the eclipse too. In St. Louis, Missouri, people can check out the total eclipse just before sunrise, at 6:51 am Central time. Alaska and Hawaii will have the best view in the United States. In Honolulu, the total eclipse begins at 2:51 am local time; in Anchorage, it begins at 3:51 am.

Many who witnessed the solar eclipse from Earth in August reported feeling significantly more grounded after. It’s a transformative and deeply spiritual experience for many as they stare up and marvel at the grandeur of the universe.

Cosmic events such as an Lunar Eclipse 2018 are so surreal that they force us to stop and remember that we are all part of something much bigger,” Bieryla said. “Standing on the moon this Wednesday watching as our distant home passes in front of the sun is not something that I imagine would leave a person underwhelmed.