January is a special month for moons


In America, the rare sky phenomenon can be best viewed on the West Coast and in the middle of continental US, only if those residing in the said areas wake up early. A supermoon happens when a full moon is at its closest point in orbit to Earth (also known as perigee).

In Western Australia, this will actually be followed by a Black Moon, which is the lack of a full moon in a calendar month - with no full moons until March 2.

And with Earth in between the Sun and the Moon, sunlight has to pass through the Earth's atmosphere, which scatters the green to violet light more than it scatters the red light.

That will cause the lunar neighbor to appear about 7 percent larger than average. Have you seen lunar eclipse during your run before? Moon viewers in those areas will need to get up very early in the morning. If you have binoculars, that'll make your eclipse viewing experience more memorable.

"It is a rare three-in-one moon with supermoon, blue moon and the lunar eclipse on this Jan 31 after a gap of 150 years". At 4:49 a.m the moon enters the umbra of the Earth's shadow, that part of the shadow where the sun's light is fully blocked by the Earth.

A blood moon will happen on the same night.

January is a special month for moons
January is a special month for moons

The monthly phenomenon occurs because the trio's alignment leaves the side of the moon facing the Earth in total darkness. "Even if conditions are ideal, we'll only see about half of the eclipse by the time the moon sets".

A good news for the ones who couldn't see the full moon that occurred on January 1. In India, it would start at 06:21 pm on January 31 2018.

The best place to see it, according to Space.com, will be in central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. It's nicknamed a blood moon due to the reddish color it takes on during this event. The umbral eclipse begins at 3:48 a.m.

Elsewhere, the Langkawi National Observatory will also be holding a watch as well as other similar sessions being planned nationwide, from Port Dickson to Malacca and even Kelantan as well as in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The Moon will still be partially eclipsed when it sets at 7:29 a.m., bringing an end to the super blue blood moon. They thus gave a special name to these eclipses, calling them blood moons.

NASA also lets folks know that if you miss this lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait until january 21, 2019.

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