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

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

January 31 is literally a once-in-a-blue-moon event.

A super blood moon sits above the Saint-Michel church in Bordeaux, France, September 28, 2015.

Once in a blue moon? .

A blue moon has nothing to do with colour but instead is the name given to the second full moon in a single month.

Described by Nasa as "the most super of the three supermoons this winter" that was "the biggest and brightest of 2018", it is the first of the two full moons in January. While the saying "once in a blue moon" suggests rarity, these events are more common than you might think.

According to NASA, a blue moon happens every two-and-a-half years. Our next blue moon, however, will take place on March 31 this year. It has also been dubbed as the "wolf moon".

The upcoming moon will end what NASA calls a "supermoon trilogy".

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A supermoon takes place when a full moon is at or near its closest point to Earth in its orbit. "The red/blood moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the Sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon", SCS said.

Because the moon's orbit of the planet is not a flawless circle, sometimes it is closer to the Earth than usual.

First, it's a Supermoon, meaning that it will appear larger and as much as 30 per cent brighter than normal.

The blue moon on 31 January will also be a supermoon, a phenomenon that occurs when a full moon or new moon coincides with the point in the moon's orbit closest to Earth. Aside from that, a total lunar eclipse will also occur that night.

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

How unusual are Blue Moon eclipses? It won't be visible from anywhere on the continental US but Alaska and Hawaii will see a partial view. For the rest of the mainland USA, the eclipse will be partial.

In order to see the moon most clearly, stargazers should opt to travel outside of city limits; light pollution from the city lights obscures the view. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". "But it's another great chance to watch the moon".



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