First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

  • First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon.

People living in Central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will get a fine glimpse of this spectacular celestial event in the evening sky.

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".

People in Alaska, Hawaii and northwestern Canada will be able to see the eclipse from start to finish. Moonset will intervene for the rest of North and Central America, however.

The first one is, just like at the beginning of the month, a supermoon. All times are a.m.

Because of the way the light filters through the atmosphere during an eclipse, blue light is bounced away from the moon, while red light is reflected.

The coolest thing to look for on January 31 will be the total lunar eclipse, when the moon lines up with the Earth and sun so that the sun's light, which normally shines off the moon, is blocked by our planet. The farther east you will go, the closer the start of the partial phases will coincide with moonrise.

During totality, the Moon's lower limb will appear much brighter than the dark upper limb, "Space.com" reported. This only happens every two to three years on average, giving rise to the saying "once in a blue moon". 3000, by Bao-Lin Liu and Alan D. Fiala (Willmann-Bell Inc., 1992).

In March, however, there will be two full moons, with the blue moon on March 31.

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.

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

But know that these names can make an event like this sound more dramatic than it appears - it won't be anything like the total solar eclipse of 2017.

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