First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month

05 January, 2018, 14:45 | Author: Myrtle Cook
  • Incredible 'super blue blood moon' eclipse set to take place for first time in 150 years

The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow.

On Jan. 31, the moon will be full for the second time in a month, a rare occasion-it happens once every two and a half years-known as a blue moon.

The first bloody supermoon will be able to see the inhabitants of the Western coast of the United States, and from beginning to end, this phenomenon will be available only to residents of the Hawaiian Islands, Eastern part of Alaska and Northwest Canada.

The coolest thing to look for on January 31 will be the total lunar eclipse, when the moon lines up with the Earth and sun so that the sun's light, which normally shines off the moon, is blocked by our planet. Central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will get a fine view of this moon show in the evening sky. It will be mainly visible from South America, Africa, Central Asia and India.

A total lunar eclipse will occur in the early morning hours of January 31, beginning at 3:51 a.m.

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.

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Following the two full moons occurring in January, the calendar month of February will have no full moon.

A supermoon is a moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth, according to NASA. And January's blue moon will be followed by another blue moon in late March.

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 lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset".

Scientifically, Simpson said, the event is pretty meaningless. That would make this a lifetime spectacle considering it is a ' super blue blood moon'. In some areas, the moon is expected to appear reddish since during an eclipse, as light travels through the atmosphere, blue light is bounced off the moon's surface and red light is reflected, hence the name "blood".


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