DALLAS, TX — Early birds in Dallas will be privy to a rather unique sight on Wednesday, Jan. 31. In the morning hours of Wednesday, the moon will put on a show few ever get to see.
In short, the moon will be big and red. The reasoning behind it, however, is fascinating. The moon will appear around 13 percent larger than usual, as is standard with other super moons Dallasites have witnessed of late. While the super moon isn’t entirely uncommon, it also happens to fall on the same night as the blue moon.
The moon doesn’t actually appear blue, of course, but it is unique because it marks the second full moon in the calendar month of January. The regular calendar month has one full moon.
What will be the most unique about Wednesday’s lunar show, however, is that the moon will fall completely within Earth’s shadow for around three minutes — rendering it red.
The blood moon is caused by a lunar eclipse, which will be visible for around 30 minutes in Dallas. The partial eclipse will begin at 5:48 a.m., but onlookers will have the best view of the blood moon between 6:51 and 7:20 a.m.
The moon will be near the horizon at this point in time, so the best place to watch the eclipse is from an elevated hill or balcony. The moon will be visible to the West-Northwest.
Make sure to set your alarm clock because the moon sets at 7:23 a.m. Once it falls below the horizon, the event will be over.
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