Begins with Supermoon, Quadrantid Meteor Showers and Lunar Eclipse

The Super Blood Moon of 2015. Credit PA

The first lunar Eclipse in the new 2018 will happen in January: 31 number of earthlings will be able to see the "bloody moon" at the time of closest approach of the Earth from its natural satellite.

According to the USA space agency, the second supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse "with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia". The eclipse would start at 4.19 pm, when the moon would not have risen, and last till 9.40 pm. In fact, the night of January 31 will see three separate celestial events happen simultaneously, resulting in a Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse. The following infographic from Space.com explains the blue moon.The event will be observed well in central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.

Credit PA
Credit PA

To the east, Alaska, Hawaii and northwestern Canada will see the eclipse from start to finish.

According to NASA, the spectacle will be viewable "from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia". This year, however, will see two occurrences of two full moons in a month, with the second blue moon occurring on 31 March. Both of these eclipses will be total.

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A blue moon has nothing to do with colour but instead is the name given to the second full moon in a single month.

The moon orbits around Earth in what is called an ellipse, keeping an average distance from Earth of about 238,000 miles.

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Three separate celestial events will occur simultaneously that night, resulting in what some are calling a super blue blood moon eclipse. Supermoons occur when we get a full moon near or at the point when the moon's orbit is closest to Earth, also called the perigee of its orbit (the technical term for the event is really perigee-syzygy).

Because of the way the light filters through the atmosphere during an eclipse, blue light is bounced away from the moon, while red light is reflected. The total eclipse of a blue moon has not happened in more than a 150 years apparently. To answer that question, we consulted the reference book Canon of Lunar Eclipses, 1500 B.C. - A.D. With that being said, the event is still very rare.

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