First blue supermoon lunar eclipse in 150 years coming in January 31

Gwen Vasquez
January 5, 2018

This event occurs only once in every two and a half years.

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

On January 31, a rare and handsome celestial event, which only occurs once every 150 years, will be viewable from Earth.

The next event, the so-called Blue Moon, is expected to take place on January 31.

This accounts for the first event in the Super Blue Blood Moon day.

A supermoon is pictured during a total lunar eclipse in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 28, 2015. However, you might be lucky enough to watch a part of it in Hawaii and Alaska. On January 2, the moon rose as a perigree full moon, when its orbit is closest to Earth, so it looks larger and brighter.

It's almost impossible to compare the apparent size of the supermoon with a micromoon from memory, but when seen side-by-side as in this graphic, it becomes clear.

Since the moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles farther from Earth than the other (perigee). India's Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is scheduled to launch in March-that nation's first attempt at a landing mission, with a stationary lander and a rover created to last two weeks (one lunar day) on the surface. Another trio comes in 2019. But 2018 is starting out even stronger, as the biggest full moon of the year happened on New Year's Day.

SOMERSET skygazers were treated to "the biggest and brightest" supermoon of the year as it rose across the United Kingdom on New Year's Day. Secondly, the moon will be a supermoon.

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Once in a blue moon? .

NASA said: "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".

So, the upcoming eclipse on January 31 will be the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in almost 152 years!

Taking place once in every two years and eight months on average, a blue moon, named after the rarity of its occurrence, is a second full moon within a month.

And a blood moon is phrase used to describe the moon during a total lunar eclipse - when the Earth passes between the moon and the sun.

There's still one thing to explain, namely the blood moon denomination.

For the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the Moon rises.

Here is everything you need to know.

The total eclipse will begin at 8.51pm and end at 10.08pm, while the partial eclipse will end at 11.11pm.

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