Experience Rare Lunar Eclipse With Blue Moon on January 31st

International Astronomical Union

Total lunar eclipse On the night of January 31, Filipinos will enjoy two rare occurrences - a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse. This odd phenomenon when a full moon is observed for the second time in a single month is known as Blue Moon and occurs every 2.7 years approximately.

In a Blue Moon, the moon doesn't actually appear blue; instead, the name indicates that it is the second full moon in a particular month.

"The eclipse will take place during the middle of the night, and the Pacific Ocean will be turned toward the moon at the time", wrote skywatching columnist Joe Rao. Supermoons are fairly uncommon, and so this moon would be notable in itself - but that's just the beginning.

Unless you are a regular moon-watcher, you may not notice anything different about this full moon. That's a blood moon, a blue moon, and a supermoon all at once.

To be considered a supermoon, a full moon has to come within about 361,000 kilometers (km) or 224,000 miles closer to Earth, making it appear bigger than its usual size.




The moon is going to be a spectacular sight on January 31. The moon experiences perigree once per orbit, but that doesn't always coincide with a full moon. During eclipses, the moon will get a dark reddish color like rust, as our planet's satellite will enter the Earth's shadow, which will interfere between the Sun and the Moon. This usually happens about every 2.7 years, though because February has only 28 days, a number of regions will get another blue moon in March 2018. Before 2017, there was an 8 percent partial eclipse on December 31, 2009, but, for a total eclipse of a Blue Moon, we have to go all the way back to March 31, 1866.

Planetary Society of India director N. Raghunandan Kumar, said the visible part of the eclipse will last from 5.18 pm to 8.41 pm.

Here is everything you need to know. The maximum totality occurs at 6:29 a.m.

Along the U.S. West Coast, the total phase begins at 4:51 a.m. PST.

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