Blue Moon on Jan 31: Rare eclipse after 150 years

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Blue Moon on Jan 31: Rare eclipse after 150 years

Although you might imagine the moon will appear blue, this name is typically given to the second full moon occurring in a month. People have been seeing a series of celestial events since the beginning of New Year, and this is one of the highly anticipated events for the skywatchers.

For some parts of Asia, including India, the eclipse will be under way as the moon rises. Central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will get a fine view of this moon show in the evening sky. 2018 will feature two Blue Moons one in January and one in March.

The Pacific Ocean will be turned towards the Moon at the time and the eclipse will take place during the middle of the night.

People in Alaska, Hawaii and northwestern Canada will be able to see the eclipse from start to finish.

According to the U.S. space agency, the second supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse "with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia". For instance, along the US Atlantic Seaboard, the moon will have only just begun to enter the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, the umbra, at 6:48 am. All times are a.m. The second one is marked by a blue moon.

On reaching totality, the lower limb of the Moon will appear much brighter than the dark upper limb, according to "Space.com".

Blue Moon on Jan 31: Rare eclipse after 150 years
Blue Moon on Jan 31: Rare eclipse after 150 years

The phenomenon, during which the moon will pass west to east (right to left) through the Earth's shadow, will take place after more than 150 years.

How unusual are Blue Moon eclipses? 3000, by Bao-Lin Liu and Alan D. Fiala (Willmann-Bell Inc., 1992).

As per the analysis, the next similar event shall occur on 31st December 2028 followed by another on 31 January 2037.

Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth. Both of these eclipses will be total.

If this wasn't enough, the Super Blue Blood Moon will undergo lunar eclipse.

The 31st of the first month of 2018 shall mark the occurrence of the blue moon that hasn't happened in the past 150 years.

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