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Las Vegans should have decent shot at seeing lunar eclipse

Posted at 11:36 AM, Jan 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 14:43:08-05

A rare event is happening above the Las Vegas valley early Wednesday morning.

On Jan. 31, there will be a total lunar eclipse with a blue moon, also known as a Super Blue Blood Moon. The last time this happened in the western hemisphere was 1866. Click here to read more about it.

And the good news is that there should be perfect weather for viewing in Las Vegas. Skies are expected to be mostly clear and the overnight low of approximately 48 degrees.

A partial eclipse will start at 3:48 a.m. Wednesday. The total eclipse will begin at 4:51 a.m. Maximum eclipse, which is when the moon is closest to the center of the shadow, will happen at 5:29 a.m. The total eclipse will end at 6:07 a.m. The moon will set at 6:47 a.m., which will be below the horizon. The partial eclipse will end at 7:11 a.m.

It is expected to be the most spectacular eclipse of 2018. The Super Blue Blood Moon will also be visible in Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and large parts of Russia, China and the Middle East. 

There are no total solar eclipses this year.