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‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Will Force NASA to Shut Down Lunar Spacecraft Instruments

The combination of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a full lunar eclipse on January 31 means NASA scientists will temporarily turn off instruments aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Here’s why.

Updated On 01/26/2018 at 01:29PM EST
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Stages of the January 31, 2018 “super blue blood moon” (weather permitting) are depicted in Pacific Time with “moonset” times for major cities across the US, which affect how much of the event viewers will see. While viewers along the East Coast will see only the initial stages of the eclipse before moonset, those in the West and Hawaii will see most or all of the lunar eclipse phases before dawn. | NASA
An illustration of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter | NASA
Global map showing areas of the world that will experience (weather permitting) the January 31, 2018 “super blue blood moon.” The eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31 for those in North America, Alaska, and Hawaii. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia, and New Zealand, the “super blue blood moon” can be seen during moonrise the morning of the 31st. | NASA
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