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Celestial Oddity: Lunar Eclipse Meets Blue Moon Meets Blood Moon

"Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish," said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington, in a statement.

In the prime viewing areas like California, the total Lunar Eclipse will be visible from start to finish just before sunrise on the morning of Jan. 31.

"So your best opportunity if you live in the East is to head outside about 6:45 a.m. and get to a high place to watch the start of the eclipse—make sure you have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west-northwest, opposite from where the Sun will rise," Johnston said.

In the Central time zone, the chances to see the lunar eclipse are a bit better because it begins when the Moon is higher in the western sky.

For some historical perspective, the last time a supermoon, Blue Moon and lunar eclipse coincided, on March 31, 1866, President Andrew Johnson was in the White House, America was about a year into Reconstruction from the Civil War and Congress was gathering votes to override Johnson's veto of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the first federal legislation to protect the rights of African-Americans, which Congress had overwhelmingly passed (it did override the veto, on April 9, 1866).


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