Year of the Moon

Steve Phelps
January 5, 2018

This rare coincidence of blue moon, supermoon and lunar eclipse is the first to grace our skies for over 150 years, Phys.org reports. The event will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, which is called a "blood moon" because of the reddish color people see during the eclipse.

By definition, a Supermoon is a full moon that appears when the moon reaches its closest orbital point to Earth.

The first supermoon occurred on the first full night of 2018. New Year's Day brought a stunning supermoon to the night sky, shining bigger and brighter than a normal full moon. But it will be 31 January that will be the most dramatic and unusual of all, and the one that Nasa is advising people to make sure they catch.

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.

According to SCS, the astrological event will begin at 7.48pm and end at 11.11pm in Singapore.

A supermoon is pictured during a total lunar eclipse in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 28, 2015.

How unusual are Blue Moon eclipses? The supermoon in 2018 was seen 14 percent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than the one seen in July previous year.

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Viewers are advised to watch the eclipse with binoculars or through a telescope to enhance the experience. Hawaii, Alaska and northwestern Canada will observe the complete event.

"The eclipse will take place during the middle of the night, and the Pacific Ocean will be turned toward the moon at the time", wrote skywatching columnist Joe Rao.

After this year, the next time that a Blue Moon passes through Earth's umbra will be on December 31, 2028, and, after that, on January 31, 2037.

Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said: "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset".

Unless you are a regular moon-watcher, you may not notice anything different about this full moon. That happens just under every three years.

To top it off, stargazers in some parts of the USA will be treated to lunar eclipse on the same, final night of January.

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