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US News First Blue Moon eclipse in 150 years due this month

20:10  02 january  2018
20:10  02 january  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Image: Wolf Moon pictured from Glasgow. Stargazers are in for an exciting treat this month with the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in 150 years . The spectacle, described by NASA as a "super blue blood moon ", will occur on 31 January.

The first eclipse of 2018 will be a lunar one that comes at the very end of the month , on Jan. 31. It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month , popularly referred to as a Blue Moon . Such a skywatching event hasn't happened for more than 150 years .

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There’s going to be a lunar eclipse later this month , and it coincides with a “ Blue Moon ” for the first time since 1866. If you enjoyed the US total solar eclipse last year , then we’ve got a treat for you at the start of 2018.

31. It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month , popularly referred to as a Blue Moon . Such a skywatching event hasn't happened for more than 150 years .

Stargazers are in for an exciting treat this month with the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in 150 years. 

The spectacle, described by NASA as a "super blue blood moon", will occur on 31 January.

The first supermoon of 2018, known as a 'Wolf moon' in the sky over Scarborough, North Yorkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 1, 2018. Following on from the 'Cold moon' supermoon in December 2017, it will be followed by a © PA The first supermoon of 2018, known as a 'Wolf moon' in the sky over Scarborough, North Yorkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 1, 2018. Following on from the 'Cold moon' supermoon in December 2017, it will be followed by a "super blue moon" on January 31 which will also coincide with a lunar eclipse. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire There has already been a Wolf Moon this month, which occurred on New Year's Day, when the moon appeared about 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it reached its closest point to Earth during orbit.

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This particular total eclipse , the first in over 150 years , will happen January 31st. What makes this one so special is that it's happening during a Blue Moon , or the second full moon of the month (depending on which definition you go by).

The last time an actual blue moon total lunar eclipse happened was over 150 years ago. The special event is set to happen again this month . The eclipse will be the very first of the year and will happen on January 31.

Described by NASA as "the most super of the three supermoons this winter", it was the first of the two full moons in January - and also "the biggest and brightest of 2018".

The next sky-watching promises to be even more spectacular.

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According to the US space agency, the second supermoon will be viewable "from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia".

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Successive Blue Moons can be as close together as 1 month but will never be more than 2 years 11 months apart. In fact, during this time there are several instances of the first Full Moon in a Blue Moon month being the one that is eclipsed .

The super moon visible on New Year ’s Day will be upstaged by a super blue blood moon eclipse on January 31, 2018. The moon is about to do something it hasn’t done in more than 150 years . 31, the moon will be full for the second time in a month , a rare occasion — it happens once every two

Blue Moons happen every two-and-a-half years on average, but a total eclipse of a Blue Moon last happened in 1866.

A Blue Moon is the name given to the second full moon in a calendar month.

The New Year supermoon - also known as a Wolf Moon - pictured at its fullest in the middle of the night of the 2nd of January behind Thomas Clapperton's bronze statue called Literature which sits on top of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 2, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Supermoon. Photo credit should read: John Linton/PA Wire © PA The New Year supermoon - also known as a Wolf Moon - pictured at its fullest in the middle of the night of the 2nd of January behind Thomas Clapperton's bronze statue called Literature which sits on top of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 2, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Supermoon. Photo credit should read: John Linton/PA Wire NASA says that because there are roughly 29.5 days between full moons, it is unusual for two full moons to "fit" into a 30 or 31 day month.

It is impossible for a Blue Moon to occur in a 28 or 29-day month, so February can never have a Blue Moon.

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