Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month

First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month

At that time, the Pacific Ocean will be turned towards the Moon and the Blue Moon total eclipse will occur during the middle of the night.

The first full moon in January was known as a "wolf moon" by early Native American tribes, as wolves would howl outside their settlements.

Clearly the Eclipse will also be visible in Australia, New Zealand, Eastern and Central Asia.

The first bloody supermoon will be able to see the inhabitants of the Western coast of the United States, and from beginning to end, this phenomenon will be available only to residents of the Hawaiian Islands, Eastern part of Alaska and Northwest Canada.

On this first day of the New Year, the January full moon will arrive at perigee, its closest point to Earth in an orbit. The same day as the blue moon, viewers shall also experience a lunar eclipse visible in the night sky. This only happens every two to three years on average, giving rise to the saying "once in a blue moon".

A timetable has been set for the major stages of the blue moon event in accordance with six different time zones. "The red/blood moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the Sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon", SCS said. The first ever supermoon was around 14 percent larger as well as 30 percent bright than the supermoon that occurred in the previous year in July.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre.

The full moon on January 31 is called a blue moon because it is the second full moon in a calendar month.

The last supermoon occurred on December 3, when the moon was 222,761 miles (358,499km) from Earth. The date for this future event has been estimated to be March 31, 2018.

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