Experience Rare Lunar Eclipse With Blue Moon on January 31st


When is the next supermoon this year?

Unfortunately, just looking at the sky on January 31 will not guarantee a view of the lunar eclipse. But even NASA is calling the event a supermoon, so we'll go with it!

The incredible lunar event will take place on January 31. The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow.

Get ready to witness the rare sight of the blood moon or blue supermoon that will happen for the first time in last 150 years. Moonset will intervene for the rest of North and Central America.

Each of the night's different events is rare enough. This makes for a moon that appears bigger and brighter in the night sky. Supermoons occur when the full moon coincides with the "perigee" of the lunar orbit. That delayed spacecraft will not just land on the far side of the Moon, it will also bring a sample of the lunar far side back to Earth for scientists to analyze in their laboratories. One potential landing site is the South Pole-Aitken basin, which is the single largest dent on the Moon's surface.

From a Supermoon to Harvest and Beaver moons to the solar eclipse, 2017 was a pretty good year for sky watchers. This year, they want to take two more big steps toward reaching that goal with the Chang'e 4 project, two satellites that are now expected to launch later this year.

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Credit PA

The end of this month will see the beginning of one of the moon's most handsome nights. Although you might imagine the moon will appear blue, this name is typically given to the second full moon occurring in a month.

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

A total lunar eclipse - or a blood moon - is named so because of the dark red hue that is cast on the moon.

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

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