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

Cesar Mills
January 5, 2018

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.

Supermoon is a term used to describe when the moon is full and closest to the Earth, appearing 15% brighter and 30% larger than a regular full moon.

The Moon is what's called tidally locked, which means the same side always faces Earth.

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

The next event, the so-called Blue Moon, is expected to take place on January 31. Because the lunar cycle is 29.5 days, there will be no full moon in February, which happens only about four times a century. The New Year marked the day for two of the three supermoons one after the other which has been dubbed by NASA as the "Supermoon trilogy".

The last couple of months have seen some unusual evenings for the moon.

From a Supermoon to Harvest and Beaver moons to the solar eclipse, 2017 was a pretty good year for sky watchers.

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So, the upcoming eclipse on January 31 will be the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in almost 152 years!

A full moon, known as the Blue Moon is seen over Loosely Row, near Princes Risborough, southeast England, July 31, 2015.

Blue Moons happen every two-and-a-half years on average, so, with the total eclipse, it will be a royal spectacle - a "super blue blood" moon, Nasa said.

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

It has been a busy couple of weeks for people who like to stare at the sky and take photos of the Moon, but leave those telescopes out because the fun and excitement isn't over quite yet. The Earth will sit directly between the sun and the moon, obscuring light which normally reflects brightly.

For the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the Moon rises. Others in the western half of the USA will still get a good show, with the total phase of the eclipse beginning at 4:51 a.m. PST.

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