Set the alarm to wake up Wednesday in time to see a rare site — the total eclipse of a blue supermoon.
In the Central Time Zone, the partial lunar eclipse begins at 5:48 a.m. Wednesday. The best time to view the eclipse in South Mississippi will be from about 6:15 a.m., when the moon will begin looking red from the Earth’s shadow, until just before sunrise.
The current forecast from the National Weather Service is for clear skies Tuesday night and a low of around 38 degrees. Sunrise in Gulfport is 6:48 a.m. on Wednesday, spoiling some of the show since the total eclipse begins at 6:52 a.m.
Several things make this full moon special, according to EarthSky.org:
▪ It’s a blue moon because it’s the second full moon this month. The wolf moon occurred on Jan. 1 and February has no full moon this year.
▪ It’s the first of two blue moons in 2018.
▪ It’s a supermoon, which means it’s super-close to the Earth, and the third is a series of three full moons.
▪ It’s the second largest and brightest full moons of 2018.
“So it’s not just a lunar eclipse, or a Blue Moon, or a supermoon. It’s all three … a super Blue Moon eclipse!” the website says.
The last blue moon total lunar eclipse was seen 152 years ago, according to Space.com. For the best views on the Coast, go to a place with a clear view to the west, or watch the live feed on NASA TV or online at NASA.gov/live.
When to see the eclipse on the Coast
The lunar eclipse will be visible before sunrise on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
4:51 a.m.: The Earth’s shadow starts touching the moon’s face.
5:48 a.m. Partial moon eclipse starts and the moon is getting red.
6:43 a.m. Maximum eclipse visible in Gulfport. The moon will be close to the horizon, so find an unobstructed area with sight to the west-northwest for best views.
6:47 a.m. Moonset just before total eclipse begins.