Unlike the other two bits of the stunning lunar night, this part will only be visible to some parts of the world, since it depends on the alignment of the moon, sun and the Earth.
The first eclipse of 2018 will be a lunar one that comes at the very end of the month, on January 31.
The Pacific Ocean will be turned towards the Moon at the time and the eclipse will take place during the middle of the night. Hawaii, Alaska and northwestern Canada will observe the complete event. The moon on January 1st was also a supermoon, and Space.com reports that it's also the brightest moon we'll see all year.
Being the second full moon in the month, it is also referred to as a blue moon. The loyal satellite appears about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at its furthest point from Earth, according to NASA.
Typically, only one full moon occurs in a calendar month. The total eclipse of a blue moon has not happened in more than a 150 years apparently.
A 'super blue blood moon eclipse' is coming
"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset".
NASA always encourages people to use these rare lunar events as a chance to study the moon.
As suggested by reports, no such events shall be seen on February 2018, but the month of March shall bring two full moon events which will again include the blue moon. Basically, because the moon's orbit is an ellipse rather than a ideal circle, there are times when it's somewhat closer to Earth than usual. In some areas, the moon is expected to appear reddish since during an eclipse, as light travels through the atmosphere, blue light is bounced off the moon's surface and red light is reflected, hence the name "blood".
The super blue blood moon eclipse will be visible anywhere that it's night-time, although some regions of the globe will only be able to see a partial eclipse. These rare events also provide the scientists a chance to study the celestial elements closely.
"The moon will turn red or coppery during the total eclipse".
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