How to watch Monday’s blood moon eclipse online

(CNN) — A full solar eclipse and a rare total lunar eclipse will be visible from the United States this week, but there’s a little something extra extra happening during the eclipse on Monday,…

How to watch Monday's blood moon eclipse online

(CNN) — A full solar eclipse and a rare total lunar eclipse will be visible from the United States this week, but there’s a little something extra extra happening during the eclipse on Monday, January 21: You’ll be able to watch the blood moon.

Though technically called a total lunar eclipse, this blood moon is only during part of the eclipse. That means you won’t get the dramatic pink and red hues associated with solar eclipses, but a lighter moon will appear.

“People like to think of (blood moons) as getting darker and darker,” Doug Duncan, founder of Astronomers Without Borders, told CNN. “This is the smaller blood moon.”

Not only will it be visible in the United States, but it’ll also be visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa, most of Asia and Australia.

Of course, seeing the eclipse won’t be an easy task. It has to align perfectly to be visible — the event will take place during the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit — and the best view will be over the Pacific Ocean or in the western hemisphere.

“The best viewing will be over the western Pacific and South America,” Duncan said. “For example, the sky will be already dark across the western Pacific. The Earth will be completely in front of the moon — blocking the sunlight — so you won’t see a bright, full moon.”

Time will not be on your side on Monday. This will be the longest blood moon eclipse since 1948, but it won’t be the longest total lunar eclipse. That title goes to 1982.

The 2017 total lunar eclipse will be 75 minutes longer than the two years before. However, that occurred during a partial eclipse, which does not have the same effect on the moon.

In fact, this upcoming lunar eclipse will have the second-brightest full moon of the year, matching a phenomenon known as “Blood Moons,” as reported by Slooh Space Camera, and will be the closest full moon in January since 1948.

But don’t worry if you can’t find a good view. You can watch it live on the website of Slooh, which will be streaming all 11 hours of the lunar eclipse on Monday.

“It’s a very captivating, visually captivating thing. One of the most compelling things I see in astronomical satellites is sometimes you don’t see the full movie, you see a teaser,” Duncan said. “I think it’s very compelling, especially from the human perspective.”

How to watch

Monday’s eclipse will begin just after 8 p.m. ET and end around 3 a.m. ET, Tuesday morning. It will be visible across the entire US.

To find a good spot to view it, look for a crescent moon that’s just a little bit bigger than the one that’s hanging on your desktop in your browser. Then, use your astronomy app or website to watch the livestream.

You can also buy a digital pinhole camera and place it in the middle of your coffee table to enjoy the eclipse as an animated slideshow. Here are a few websites that will do that for you.

Or, you can look up the moon or set a calendar to a precise time and do it live.

More next year

For those who can’t make it out to the dark Pacific or South American nights on Monday, don’t worry. The best way to experience a total lunar eclipse is from April 14, 2019, to July 27, 2019.

This spectacle will be closer to the Earth, so the moon will appear reddish. But you can also see this natural beauty on the other side of the world. In January 2019, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from New Zealand.

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