Experience Rare Lunar Eclipse With Blue Moon on January 31st

License N  A Created 2017:12:09 07:59:19

License N A Created 2017:12:09 07:59:19

Unlike the other two bits of the stunning lunar night, this part will only be visible to some parts of the world, since it depends on the alignment of the moon, sun and the Earth.

Skywatchers will be treated to not only a supermoon, but a blue moon and total lunar eclipse, all in one night. As the moon rises, it will head farther west into western Asia, the Indian continent, Middle East and Eastern Europe. The lunar eclipse happens to be the first lunar eclipse of 2018 as well.On January 31st this year something rare will happen to the moon. Unlike the solar eclipse that occurred in 2017, however, this eclipse will not be visible in the continental United States but in central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. As per reports, moon's lower half shall be visible brighter than the upper half. Both of these eclipses will be total.

To be considered a supermoon, a full moon has to come within about 361,000 kilometers (km) or 224,000 miles closer to Earth, making it appear bigger than its usual size.

The last time two blue moons occurred within a year was 19 years ago, said Mok Li Hui, a Science Educator at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS). "The red/blood moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the Sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon", SCS said. To answer that question, we consulted the reference book Canon of Lunar Eclipses, 1500 B.C. - A.D.

Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth.

NASA always encourages people to use these rare lunar events as a chance to study the moon.

So when and where can the "Super Blue Blood Moon" be seen?

The phrase "once in a blue moon" - meaning something that does not happen very often - impresses how infrequent this event is.

They are also known "blood moons" on account of the red hue on the surface of the moon, are the reflected sunrises and sunsets on earth.

The next total lunar eclipse of a blue moon is said to occur on 31 December, 2028.

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