Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

A 'super blue blood moon eclipse' is coming

A 'super blue blood moon eclipse' is coming

January 31st 2018 is definitely going to be a very special night for the moon as a rare combination of three celestial events, occurring only once every 150 years is about to take place.

The world was treated to a stellar show to start 2018 as the year's first supermoon appeared on New Year's Day.

The eclipse will also be visible in western South America, North America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, the Pacific Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. January 31st will see a total lunar eclipse, which will be best visible on the west coast.

For the rest of the US, the eclipse will come too close to when the moon sets for the phenomenon to be visible. As per reports, moon's lower half shall be visible brighter than the upper half.

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.

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NASA has announced that the supermoon at the end of the month will feature a total lunar eclipse. Before 2017, there was 8% partial eclipse on 31 December 2009, but the last total eclipse of a Blue Moon happened all the way back in 31 March 1866.

Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth. This occurrence on its own isn't almost as rare as the blue moon, supermoon, and lunar eclipse combination we'll see at the same time - rather, occurring around once every two and a half years.

Since the moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles farther from Earth than the other (perigee). These rare events also provide the scientists a chance to study the celestial elements closely.

By definition, a Supermoon is a full moon that appears when the moon reaches its closest orbital point to Earth. As sunlight is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere it creates a glowing reddish hue on the surface of the moon.

Unfortunately because of the location of the moon when the eclipse is set to occur, not everyone on the planet will be able to see it.

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