Once in a blue moon

The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth’s shadow

The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth’s shadow

The commonly used definition of a supermoon is any full moon that falls within the 90% of the lunar orbit closest to Earth.

On January 31, a rare and attractive celestial event, which only occurs once every 150 years, will be viewable from Earth. For the first time since 1866, a total lunar eclipse will occur with the blue moon, or second full moon of the month, which-like the one visible on New Year's Day-will also be a supermoon.

According to NASA, a blue moon happens every two-and-a-half years.

The UK, most of Africa and much of the Americas won't get to see anything of the eclipse, since the moon will be hiding around the other side of the world. The moon experiences perigree once per orbit, but that doesn't always coincide with a full moon.

SOMERSET skygazers were treated to "the biggest and brightest" supermoon of the year as it rose across the United Kingdom on New Year's Day.

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People had witnessed 2018's first supermoon on January 1 and January 2, this astronomical rarity of events is being called a super blue blood moon eclipse.

A "blue" moon has nothing to do with color. Shortly before the blue moon starts, Earth's lone natural satellite will reach a point known as perigee, where it is at its closest point to the planet and appears much larger to the naked eye.

A supermoon is pictured during a total lunar eclipse in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 28, 2015.

To add to the allure of the event, this blue supermoon will also be a red or "blood" moon. "Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed moons are sometimes called 'blood moons'". Alaska and Hawaii will also catch a glimpse of this eclipse.

The moon is going to be a spectacular sight on January 31. This promises to be a banner year for lunar exploration, and not just because of the renewed interest in sending astronauts back to the moon's surface.

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