A unique phenomenon that humans will be able to observe "blood moon"

05 January, 2018, 14:44 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill

The first eclipse will occur on January 31 and will be particularly visible from eastern Europe and eastern Africa to South America. The lunar eclipse happens to be the first lunar eclipse of 2018 as well.On January 31st this year something rare will happen to the moon. The best views of the middle-of-the-night eclipse will be in central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, although Alaska and Hawaii will get a glimpse, too.

Alaska, Hawaii and parts of western US will experience the full eclipse.

During totality, the Moon's lower limb will appear much brighter than the dark upper limb, "Space.com" reported.

On January 31, we'll get the third supermoon in a row, which will also be the second full moon of January and coincide with a total lunar eclipse.

NASA has announced that the supermoon at the end of the month will feature a total lunar eclipse.

If you miss this total eclipse, you'll have to wait until the Blue Moon passes through Earth's umbra again on December 31, 2028 and again on January 31, 2037, which isn't 150 years from now but is still a fairly long wait to see something so cool. Thirdly, a total lunar eclipse will take place making the event a super rare one which occurs once in 150 years. Some people including Nasa are referring to it as a super blue blood moon, and whatever you call it, it will make for a handsome, odd night.

The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill
The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill

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.

The super blue blood moon eclipse will be visible anywhere that it's night-time, although some regions of the globe will only be able to see a partial eclipse.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". As sunlight is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere it creates a glowing reddish hue on the surface of the moon.

The commonly used definition of a supermoon is any full moon that falls within the 90% of the lunar orbit closest to Earth.

Scientifically, Simpson said, the event is pretty meaningless.

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