Total lunar eclipse on January 31

Total lunar eclipse on January 31

Total lunar eclipse on January 31

Because the moon travels around Earth in an ellipse it is sometimes closer than usual.

On January 31, a rare and lovely celestial event, which only occurs once every 150 years, will be viewable from Earth.

The moon can also look bigger if it is close to the horizon.

A rare total lunar eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month - popularly referred to as a Blue Moon - is set to take place on January 31 for the first time in over 150 years.

According to NASA, a blue moon happens every two-and-a-half years.

"The moon will turn red or coppery during the total eclipse".

As long as there is not too much cloud, the moon should be clearly viewable in the sky. Supermoons are fairly uncommon, and so this moon would be notable in itself - but that's just the beginning.

A "blue moon" will appear at 9:31 p.m. But it will be 31 January that will be the most dramatic and odd of all, and the one that Nasa is advising people to make sure they catch.

What is a blue moon?

A royal blue blood supermoon will crown this spectacular season on January 31.

This happens at least twice a year - but in this case, it's the fact that all these events coincide that makes it so cool.

A supermoon is pictured during a total lunar eclipse in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 28, 2015. On America's East Coast the eclipse will start coming into view at 5:51 a.m. and will give viewers in cities like NY only a small window to see the reddish moon. "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on the agency's website.

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.

So, the upcoming eclipse on January 31 will be the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in almost 152 years!

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