January 31 – Super Blue Moon Total Eclipse

Rare Occurrence

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Today a very rare event took place in the evening with the Super Blue Moon Total Eclipse. A supermoon is a full moon or new moon that comes within about 224,000 miles of Earth, as measured from the centre. The moon appears 14 percent larger and 30 times bigger than average. The next Super Blue Moon total eclipse will occur on January 31st 2037. The last time this event took place was 36 years ago but the last time it happened under the star sign of Leo was hundreds or possibly thousands of years ago. Unfortunately, we did not see anything because of the cloud cover. But still, it was an interesting phenomenon to research.

The Blue Moon – second of two full moons in one calendar month – will pass through the Earth’s shadow on January 31, 2018, to give us a total lunar eclipse. Totality, when the moon will be entirely inside the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, will last a bit more than one-and-a-quarter hours. The January 31 full moon is also the third in a series of three straight full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. It’s the first of two Blue Moons in 2018. So it’s not just a total lunar eclipse, or a Blue Moon, or a supermoon. It’s all three … a super Blue Moon total eclipse!

The last supermoon total lunar eclipse was in September 2015. And the last super Blue Moon total eclipse happened on December 30, 1982.

A Super Moon happens when the Full Moon is closest to Earth. This Lunar Eclipse is going to be nice and close to Earth, which means visibility will be high.

A Blood Moon is used to describe a series of three or more Total Lunar Eclipses, but the name comes from the fact that a Total Eclipse gives the Moon a reddish glow. Blood Moon’s are quite rare, and we haven’t had one since 2015.

A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon of the month. Whenever there are two Full Moon’s in a month, the second is referred to as a Blue Moon. This is also an extremely rare occurrence and makes this Eclipse particularly significant. Interestingly enough, 2018 brings us two Blue Moons!