First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

On January 31, some U.S-based stargazers will also be treated to a total lunar eclipse.

Even that Supermoon is unusual in itself.

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

On January 31, a rare and attractive celestial event, which only occurs once every 150 years, will be viewable from Earth. People belonging to the west coast of North America along with sky watchers from the Pacific Ocean region shall be able to view the phenomenon. Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it. "But it's another great chance to watch the moon".

As long as there is not too much cloud, the moon should be clearly viewable in the sky.

To make the event even more spectacular, the full moon will also be a supermoon like the one on January 1.

A passenger plane passes in front of the wolf moon as it approaches Heathrow Airport in London on January 1. The moon experiences perigree once per orbit, but that doesn't always coincide with a full moon. The perigee is the nearest point to Earth in the lunar orbit. Secondly, the moon will be a supermoon. On average they occur once every two and a half years.

The first one is, just like at the beginning of the month, a supermoon.

Following the two full moons occurring in January, the calendar month of February will have no full moon. Astronomers have to go all the way back to March 31, 1866, to find the last "Blue Blood Moon".

What is a total lunar eclipse?

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

The total eclipse will begin at 8.51pm and end at 10.08pm, while the partial eclipse will end at 11.11pm.

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.

"Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called 'blood moons'".

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