‘Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse’ Coming For The First Time In 150 Years
At the end of January, stargazers are set to witness a trio of lunar phenomena, all aligned to create an incredible view.
The second full moon of the month will occur on January 31, marking the first of two ‘blue’ moons in 2018 – and, this will line up with a total lunar eclipse, which will turn the moon a striking red color for what’s known as the ‘Blood Moon.’
Just one night earlier, the moon will reach its closest point to Earth, marking the second arrival of the supermoon this year.
The total lunar eclipse on January 31 will be the first time an event of this kind has coincided with the Blue Moon in over 150 years, according to Space.com.
Depending on where you’re observing from, it will happen either on the night of the 31, or the morning of February 1.
Some have dubbed it a ‘Super Blue Blood-Moon’.
In a Blue Moon, the moon doesn’t actually appear blue; instead, the name indicates that it is the second full moon in a particular month.
This time around, however, it really will change color – but, it won’t be blue.
During a lunar eclipse, Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, blocking the light that hits the lunar surface.
This casts an Earth shadow over the moon, and causes it to appear blood red or orange during totality.
On January 31, it will happen in the middle of the night, when the Pacific Ocean faces the moon.