First blue moon total eclipse in 150 years coming January 31

Phillip Butler
January 5, 2018

The moon, which lies 385,000km away, guides life on Earth by creating its tidal rhythm and moderating the planet's axis and stabilising the climate. Following the Supermoon that rose on January 1 called the Wolf Moon, another celestial event will happen before the end of this month as the moon does something it has never done in more than 150 years.

Could this also be the year that commercial moon missions, with help from NASA, finally get off the ground?

It will be a blood moon, a Supermoon and a total lunar eclipse - all on one night.

The last time all that happened together was nearly 152 years ago. The "blood moon" is named for this color. The moon experiences perigree once per orbit, but that doesn't always coincide with a full moon. The moon will appear bigger and brighter in the sky. Supermoons are fairly uncommon, and so this moon would be notable in itself - but that's just the beginning.

Nearby perigee full moons appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than full moons that occur near apogee in the moon's orbit, NASA reported.

The start of the year 2018 began with a rare version of super moon that was witnessed by people all over the world.


Once in a blue moon? .

A supermoon is pictured during a total lunar eclipse in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 28, 2015. This is a common term for the second full moon in a month. "But it's another great chance to watch the moon".

After this year, the next time that a Blue Moon passes through Earth's umbra will be on December 31, 2028, and, after that, on January 31, 2037. Astronomers have to go all the way back to March 31, 1866, to find the last "Blue Blood Moon".

The phrase "once in a blue moon" - meaning something that does not happen very often - impresses how infrequent this event is.

"The moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere", according to NASA.

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