Get Ready To See The First Blue Moon Eclipse In 150 Years

Partial lunar eclipse seen in Northern Colorado

Partial lunar eclipse seen in Northern Colorado

Following the two full moons occurring in January, the calendar month of February will have no full moon. The moon will appear bigger and brighter in the sky.

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

Some people including Nasa are referring to it as a super blue blood moon, and whatever you call it, it will make for a handsome, unusual night.

Mark the date, the blood moon or blue supermoon is coming in a rare lunar event which happens only every 150 years. During this event, certain wavelengths of light from the sun pass through the Earth's atmosphere and reflect onto the moon, turning it a dramatic red colour. India's Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is scheduled to launch in March-that nation's first attempt at a landing mission, with a stationary lander and a rover created to last two weeks (one lunar day) on the surface. And January's blue moon will be followed by another blue moon in late March.

Third - and probably most notable of all - the same night will see a lunar eclipse. Shortly before the blue moon starts, Earth's lone natural satellite will reach a point known as perigee, where it is at its closest point to the planet and appears much larger to the naked eye.

Skywatchers will be treated to not only a supermoon, but a blue moon and total lunar eclipse, all in one night.

Unfortunately, just looking at the sky on January 31 will not guarantee a view of the lunar eclipse. The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". Secondly, the moon will be a supermoon.

PAGASA said lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes.

The total eclipse will begin at 8.51pm and end at 10.08pm, while the partial eclipse will end at 11.11pm.

There's still one thing to explain, namely the blood moon denomination.

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