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The total lunar eclipse will turn the moon red – a Blood Moon – because of the reddish-orange glow the Moon takes on during the eclipse.

However the lunar eclipse will not be visible everywhere in the world, but is visible in large parts of the US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Pacific and Australia. 

The January 31 supermoon marks the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in North America for more than 100 years.

But when will the spectacle be visible in the UK, USA or Canada?


The UK will not experience the lunar eclipse, as it will only be visible in the western hemisphere and on Earth’s night side.

The eclipse begins at 5.51am ET (10.51am GMT) on Wednesday January 31, so the UK will not be fortunate enough to experience the reddish-orange hue when the moon passes directly behind Earth. 

However a super blue moon will still be visible in the UK, which is a rare and spectacular event.

The best time to view the super blue moon will be on the morning of Thursday February 1 at 2am, weather permitting. 


Eclipse 2018: When is the Super Blue Blood Moon in YOUR area?


The western part of North America, Alaska and the Hawaiian islands will get the best view of the super blue blood moon. 

A ‘lunar trifecta’ – a pre-dawn “super blue blood moon” – will be visible on the morning of Wednesday January 31. 

“For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West,” said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. 

“Set your alarm early and go out and take a look.”

The eclipse begins at 5.51am ET (10.51am GMT), as the Moon is about to set in the western sky and the sky is getting lighter in the east.

People living in North America, Alaska or Hawaii, the sunrise will be visible before sunrise on Wednesday January 31 and the best view will be on the west coast of the US, Alaska, western Canada and Hawaii.

Below are the times for the the start of the eclipse in different time zones across the US and Canada. 

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Eclipse 2018: Stages of the January 31 supermoon in PST

EST (Eastern Standard Time)

5.51am EST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

6.48am EST – Umbral Eclipse begins

7.51am EST – Totality begins

If you live in the East head outside at 6.45am to watch the start of the eclipse. 

CST (Central Standard Time)

4.51am CST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

5.48am CST – Umbral Eclipse begins

6.51am CST – Totality begins

The best viewing of the eclipse will be from 6.15am to 6.30am.

Eclipse 2018: NASA

Eclipse 2018: Map showing which areas of the world will experience the phenomenon

MST (Mountain Standard Time)

3.51am MST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

4.48am MST – Umbral Eclipse begins

5.51am MST – Totality begins

The peak of the blood moon will start at about 6.30am. 

PST (Pacific Standard Time)

2.51am PST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

3.48am PST – Umbral Eclipse begins

4.51am PST – Totality begins

The best viewing will be from 5am to 6am and the totality phase will end at about 6.05am. 

HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

12.51am HAST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

1.48am HAST – Umbral Eclipse begins

2.51am HAST – Totality begins 

The peak time to view the Super Blue Blood Moon in Hawaii will be at 3.29am local time. in Honolulu, the eclipse is expected to last five hours and 17 minutes. 

AKST (Alaska Standard Time)

1.51am AKST – Penumbral Eclipse begins

2.48am AKST – Umbral Eclipse begins

3.51am AKST – Totality begins 

The best viewing will be from 4.29am until the total eclipse ends at 5.07am.


Eclipse 2018: Map showing which areas of the world will experience the super blue blood moon


Viewers in western Canada will be treated to the total eclipse from start to finish.

Canadians living in the west – in British Colombia and the Northwest Territories – will have the best chance to view the eclipse in its entirety – the best times to view the eclipse in these areas are listed above under Pacific Standard Time. 

The eclipse will begin at 3.48am on the West Coast, with the total eclipse beginning at 4.51am and ending at 5.29am.

In the east the eclipse will begin at 5.51am on Wednesday January 31 and the remainder of Canada will get to witness a partial lunar eclipse. 

Astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will air a free webcast following the Super Blue Blood Moon lunar eclipse which begins at 5.45am EST (10.45am GMT), with live commentary beginning at 7am EST (12pm GMT). 

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