Sunday, 21 January, 2018

First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month

Supermoons such as last nights Jan 1st happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon's perigee or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth- a plane flys in front of a Supermoons, meteor shower to light up the sky this January
Edmund Robinson | 05 January, 2018, 14:44

The total phase of the eclipse - for those who can see it - will be 77 minutes.

India will witness a total lunar eclipse on January 31, which is also a "blue moon". Most recently, Vancouver was treated to a stunning supermoon on the first day of 2018.

The incredible lunar event will take place on January 31. Moonset will intervene for the rest of North and Central America.

During totality, the Moon's lower limb will appear much brighter than the dark upper limb, "Space.com" reported. 2018 started with a supermoon on January 1, and according to the experts, it will end with something that sounds ten times more epic: a Super Blue Blood Moon.

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

In March, however, there will be two full moons, with the blue moon on March 31.

New Year's Day moon as viewed from sandymount looking towards Howth
New Year's Day moon as viewed from sandymount looking towards Howth

We kicked off the New Year with a "wolf full moon", named for the howled of wolves in winter.

The next total lunar eclipse this year will occur on 28 July and will be a micro moon, which occurs when a full moon or new moon coincides with the point in the moon's orbit farthest away from Earth. And January's blue moon will be followed by another blue moon in late March. To answer that question, we consulted the reference book Canon of Lunar Eclipses, 1500 B.C. - A.D.

Mark the date, the blood moon or blue supermoon is coming in a rare lunar event which happens only every 150 years. But since it's rare to get a second full moon in a month, that moon doesn't have a name, making it a "blue moon". The eclipsed moon's reddish color earned it the nickname blood moon.

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. During this event, certain wavelengths of light from the sun pass through the Earth's atmosphere and reflect onto the moon, turning it a dramatic red colour.

The phrase "once in a blue moon" - meaning something that does not happen very often - impresses how infrequent this event is.




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