First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Occurring this Month

The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill

The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill

The last time all that happened together was nearly 152 years ago.

The eclipse will take place during the middle of the night, and the Pacific Ocean will be turned toward the moon at the time.

According to the United States space agency, the second supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse "with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia".

Viewers residing in places like Alaska, Hawaii and northwestern Canada will see the complete eclipse - from start to finish. Moonset will intervene for the rest of North and Central America. Because the moon travels around Earth in an ellipse it is sometimes closer than usual. All times are a.m.

It will be a blood moon, a Supermoon and a total lunar eclipse - all on one night. Others in the western half of the USA will still get a good show, with the total phase of the eclipse beginning at 4:51 a.m. PST. The farther east you go, the closer the start of the partial phases will coincide with moonrise. The easternmost part of the US will be able to see the end of the eclipse at around 6:48 a.m. EST, but the event will most easily be seen on the western side of the country, according to Space.com.

This particular blue moon will likely look red in some areas, because of the total lunar eclipse which can give the moon a red tinge, giving it the name blood moon.

The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill
The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill

On reaching totality, the lower limb of the Moon will appear much brighter than the dark upper limb, according to "Space.com".

From a Supermoon to Harvest and Beaver moons to the solar eclipse, 2017 was a pretty good year for sky watchers.

PAGASA said lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. 3000, by Bao-Lin Liu and Alan D. Fiala (Willmann-Bell Inc., 1992). It will also mark the first lunar eclipse of the year.

And second, the full moon that will rise on 31 January is a blue moon. Both of these eclipses will be total.

The last blue moon-blood moon event occurred on March 31, 1866.

The first full moon for this year happened last January 2, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

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