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First blue moon total eclipse in 150 years coming January 31

First blue moon total eclipse in 150 years coming January 31”

The moon will wane and wax to a blue moon on January 31, called "blue" because it is the second full moon in one month, a once-every-2.5 years occurrence.

The total phase of the eclipse - for those who can see it - will be 77 minutes.

New Year's Day brought us a spectacular wolf full moon, named for the howls of hungry wolves in winter. But it will be 31 January that will be the most dramatic and odd of all, and the one that Nasa is advising people to make sure they catch.

First, it's a Supermoon, meaning that it will appear larger and as much as 30 per cent brighter than normal.

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According to SCS, the astrological event will begin at 7.48pm and end at 11.11pm in Singapore.

But know that these names can make an event like this sound more dramatic than it appears - it won't be anything like the total solar eclipse of 2017. That's a blood moon, a blue moon, and a supermoon all at once. "The red/blood moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the Sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon", SCS said.

January 31 will also play host to a supermoon, the final event in what NASA has called a "supermoon trilogy", which started December 3.

Viewers are advised to watch the eclipse with binoculars or through a telescope to enhance the experience.

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Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth.

On January 31, it will happen in the middle of the night, when the Pacific Ocean faces the moon.

The first bloody supermoon will be able to see the inhabitants of the Western coast of the United States, and from beginning to end, this phenomenon will be available only to residents of the Hawaiian Islands, Eastern part of Alaska and Northwest Canada. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset".

Unless you are a regular moon-watcher, you may not notice anything different about this full moon.

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The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse creating a blood moon last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033.



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