First blue supermoon lunar eclipse in 150 years coming in January 31

Audrey Hill
January 5, 2018

Described by Nasa as "the most super of the three supermoons this winter" that was "the biggest and brightest of 2018", it is the first of the two full moons in January.

The commonly used definition of a supermoon is any full moon that falls within the 90% of the lunar orbit closest to Earth. "The red/blood moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the Sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon", SCS said. This event occurs only once in every two and a half years.

On New Year's Day the supermoon was at perigree, or closest to Earth, at 2:49 p.m. MST. This upcoming supermoon is the third in a trilogy - the brightest was the recent January 1 supermoon.

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.

There are traditional names like "wolf" or "harvest" for the first full moon of a month each year.

Being the second full moon in the month, it is also referred to as a blue moon.

NASA has announced that the supermoon at the end of the month will feature a total lunar eclipse.

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A "blue" moon has nothing to do with color.

SOMERSET skygazers were treated to "the biggest and brightest" supermoon of the year as it rose across the United Kingdom on New Year's Day.

Another Blue Moon is expected to be seen late in March this year making it a really special year for astronomers and astrologers.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon enters the darkest part of the earth's shadow, called the umbra. When the lunar eclipse happens, the Pacific Ocean will be facing towards the moon - meaning that places like New Zealand, much of Australia and central and eastern Asia will all get a very good view, with some of the rest of Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East getting to see some of it.

Because of the timing, you'll need to look at the right moment on the 31st.

Along the U.S. West Coast, the total phase begins at 4:51 a.m. PST.

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