First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

An airplane passes across a full moon in the night sky over Tokyo on Jan. 2 2018. The phenomenon of

The total phase of the eclipse - for those who can see it - will be 77 minutes.

The second full moon of the month will occur on January 31, marking the first of two "blue" moons in 2018 - and, this will line up with a total lunar eclipse, which will turn the moon a striking red color for what's known as the 'Blood Moon'.

2018 is starting off big and bright, as the sky will play host to a "supermoon" Monday night. The combination of a supermoon and lunar eclipse will result in a visually striking moon that is the largest we see in orbit, so you should make sure to step outside at night on the 31st - just keep in mind to wear a jacket!

The estimated time for the event is during the middle of the night with visibility available in areas such as Central and Eastern Asia, New Zealand, Indonesia along with certain parts of Australia.

The "blue blood moon" will be visible mostly in Alaska, Hawaii, and select parts of the western U.S. For watchers in order parts of the mainland U.S., only a partial eclipse will be visible. The moon on January 1st was also a supermoon, and Space.com reports that it's also the brightest moon we'll see all year.

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It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon. There will be a meteor shower as well as a lunar eclipse during the course of January as well.

If you could compare them side by side, most people would see that supermoons really are brighter and slightly bigger than a normal full moon.

This event has been dubbed as "Wolf Moon" by NASA. That doesn't actually mean it will look any different - but rather that it's the second time there's been a full moon in a month. The total eclipse of a blue moon has not happened in more than a 150 years apparently. On average, the distance from the center of the moon to the center of Earth is 238,000 miles.

In order to see the moon most clearly, stargazers should opt to travel outside of city limits; light pollution from the city lights obscures the view. And January's blue moon will be followed by another blue moon in late March.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". With that being said, the event is still very rare. That stunning event will lead to the moon turning a deep, rich red, a sight that has led to it being christened the "blood moon".

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