First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month
First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month
The supermoon in the night sky
05 January, 2018, 13:12
Get ready to witness the rare sight of the blood moon or blue supermoon that will happen for the first time in last 150 years.
The total phase of the eclipse - for those who can see it - will be 77 minutes.
The two full moons this month are both supermoons. The night of 31st January 2018 shall mark the day when the "blue moon blood moon supermoon" shall shine high in the sky.
Nearby perigee full moons appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than full moons that occur near apogee in the moon's orbit, NASA reported. But just seeing the full moon in the sky isn't enough for most of us to notice that it's different.
But know that these names can make an event like this sound more dramatic than it appears - it won't be anything like the total solar eclipse of 2017.
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. This happens when the earth is in a position between the moon and the soon which blots out the view of the moon.
A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth during an orbit, according to NASA.
The Pacific Ocean will be turned towards the Moon at the time and the eclipse will take place during the middle of the night.
To the east, Alaska, Hawaii and northwestern Canada will see the eclipse from start to finish.
Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said: "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". "But it's another great chance to watch the moon". To answer that question, we consulted the reference book Canon of Lunar Eclipses, 1500 B.C. - A.D.
The phrase "once in a blue moon" - meaning something that does not happen very often - impresses how infrequent this event is.
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