Experience Rare Lunar Eclipse With Blue Moon on January 31st

A NASA graphic of a supermoon

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon enters the darkest part of the earth's shadow, called the umbra.

The next event, the so-called Blue Moon, is expected to take place on January 31. Most recently, Vancouver was treated to a stunning supermoon on the first day of 2018. Heading farther west into western Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the moon rises. The last lunar eclipse took place in September 2015, but not of the supermoon variety which happened in 1866 allegedly. It will be mainly visible from South America, Africa, Central Asia and India. The moon on January 1st was also a supermoon, and Space.com reports that it's also the brightest moon we'll see all year.

Twice in 2018 the moon will "blush" in the sky as there will be two total eclipses of the Moon, one at the end of January and one at the end of July.

Pagasa said the use of protective filters will not be necessary as lunar eclipses are safe for viewing.

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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.

We kicked off the New Year with a "wolf full moon", named for the howled of wolves in winter. To answer that question, we consulted the reference book Canon of Lunar Eclipses, 1500 B.C. - A.D.

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

The moon, which lies 385,000km away, guides life on Earth by creating its tidal rhythm and moderating the planet's axis and stabilising the climate. The moon won't actually be blue, because the term simply refers to the second full moon in a month.

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For the first time in 152 years people will be able to observe the "blood moon" simultaneously with its total Eclipse.

The moon is called supermoon when it is visible full and is at at near its closest point in its orbit around Earth. 2018 will be special, however, with a second blue moon on March 31st of this year.

For people in areas where it will be visible, the moon will look red as a result of all of the world's sun events reflecting off its surface; the appearance that netted it the nickname, blood moon. While the former consider the event as meaningless, the latter may provide some really interesting predictions about the future as the celestial events have a special meaning according to them.

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