A rare Blue Moon lunar eclipse will happen this month

02 January, 2018, 11:56 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • A supermoon is seen in the night sky over Anqing City in east China's Anhui province on December 3

January 31's supermoon, according to the space agency, will also feature a total lunar eclipse - when the Earth, sun and moon, line up in such a way that the Earth blocks the sunlight that would otherwise reflect off the moon.

"The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal "blue moon" (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere", PAGASA explained.

"January 2018 is a very special month", says the Old Farmer's Almanac.

January ends with another supermoon that's also a blue moon - the term for the second full moon within a month.

At 6:24 p.m., the moon was full. Here's another supermoon live stream you can view below, provided by Virtual Telescope.

The largest recent supermoon occurred in past year. The next supermoon will be on January 31.


The best viewing will be from a tall structure because the moon will be so low on the horizon. That means skywatchers will see the moon about 14% largers and about 30% brighter than a regular moon.

Speaking to mid-day, Arvind Paranjpye, director, Nehru Planetarium, said, "The moon reached its perigee at 3.34 am on January 2, its distance from the Earth 3,56,565 km and it 99.9 per cent illuminated".

As the New Year gets rolling, the first full moon of 2018 made its appearance yesterday.

The good news... you will not have to wait long at all.

It will appear brighter and bigger than a usual full moon because it will be closer to the time of perigee. When these events coincide (a full moon at perigee), some people refer to the event as a "supermoon". To take a photo, fit your camera with a telephoto lens and lengthen the shutter time and increase the sensitivity (ISO) to compensate for the lower nighttime light.

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