Begins with Supermoon, Quadrantid Meteor Showers and Lunar Eclipse

05 January, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • The second full moon of the month will occur on January 31 marking the first of two ‘blue’ moons in 2018 – and this will line up with a total lunar eclipse which will turn the moon a striking red color for what’s known as the ‘Blood Moon

The maximum phase of the total lunar eclipse will happen at around 8.37 am EST, or 1.37 pm GMT, according to the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

That total eclipse will combine with the second full moon of the month (also known as a blue moon), which hasn't happened in the past 150 years.

The world was treated to a stellar show to start 2018 as the year's first supermoon appeared on New Year's Day. The total eclipse will be visible in several areas of the globe including, eastern Europe, the Pacific, middle east, north and south America as well as, Asia and eastern Africa. The last lunar eclipse took place in September 2015, but not of the supermoon variety which happened in 1866 allegedly. Alaska and Hawaii will also catch a glimpse of this eclipse.

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.

Third - and probably most notable of all - the same night will see a lunar eclipse.

In a Blue Moon the moon doesn’t actually appear blue instead the name indicates that it is the second full moon in a particular month. This time around however it really will change color – but it won’t be blue. The'Blue Moon will align with

New Year's Day brought us a spectacular wolf full moon, named for the howls of hungry wolves in winter. Every time the moon orbits the Earth, in 29.5 days, it will reach close to the Earth, and occasionally the adjacent location will be close to the date of the full moon i.e., a supermoon.

The last supermoon occurred on December 3, when the moon was 222,761 miles (358,499km) from Earth.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". A blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month. A scientist, Noah Petro, from the Goddard Space Flight of NASA confirmed that the supermoons provide the people a rare but great chance to see the moon on the closest distance to Earth. With that being said, the event is still very rare.

Unfortunately because of the location of the moon when the eclipse is set to occur, not everyone on the planet will be able to see it.

Although the name has nothing to do with color, Pagasa said the moon may appear with a tinge of blue in certain atmospheric conditions such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.

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