Experience Rare Lunar Eclipse With Blue Moon on January 31st


It has been a busy couple of weeks for people who like to stare at the sky and take photos of the Moon, but leave those telescopes out because the fun and excitement isn't over quite yet.

The first one is, just like at the beginning of the month, a supermoon.

To add to the allure of the event, this blue supermoon will also be a red or "blood" moon.

Mark the date, the blood moon or blue supermoon is coming in a rare lunar event which happens only every 150 years. As described by NASA, super moon light up the dark night sky as it approaches close to the Earth.

On the New Year's Day, the supermoon was the closest to the Earth out of the three. Before 2017, there was an 8 percent partial eclipse on December 31, 2009, but, for a total eclipse of a Blue Moon, we have to go all the way back to March 31, 1866.

This NASA chart by eclipse expert Fred Espenak details the visibility range and times for the January 31, 218 total lunar eclipse, which also occurs during a blue moon and near a supermoon.

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Experience Rare Lunar Eclipse With Blue Moon on January 31st

People had witnessed 2018's first supermoon on January 1 and January 2, this astronomical rarity of events is being called a super blue blood moon eclipse.

What is a blue moon?

A passenger plane passes in front of the wolf moon as it approaches Heathrow Airport in London on January 1. The supermoon in 2018 was seen 14 percent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than the one seen in July a year ago.

"The moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere", according to NASA. During an eclipse, the typical bluish hues reflected by the moon get filtered away.

To the east, Alaska, Hawaii and northwestern Canada will see the eclipse from start to finish. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". "But it's another great chance to watch the moon". "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on the agency's website.

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