First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month

An airplane passes across a full moon in the night sky over Tokyo on Jan. 2 2018. The phenomenon of

The moon orbits around Earth in what is called an ellipse, keeping an average distance from Earth of about 238,000 miles. For instance, along the US Atlantic Seaboard, the moon will have only just begun to enter the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, the umbra, at 6:48 am. Such a skywatching event hasn't happened for more than 150 years.

If you could compare them side by side, most people would see that supermoons really are brighter and slightly bigger than a normal full moon.

On the New Year's Day, the supermoon was the closest to the Earth out of the three.

Unfortunately because of the location of the moon when the eclipse is set to occur, not everyone on the planet will be able to see it.

The first one is, just like at the beginning of the month, a supermoon.

The term blue moon has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal "blue moon" (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions - like when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere, the agency said. The phrase "once in a blue moon" was derived from this phenomenon to signify rarity.

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A total lunar eclipse will occur in the early morning hours of January 31, beginning at 3:51 a.m.

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 usually happens about every 2.7 years, though because February has only 28 days, a number of regions will get another blue moon in March 2018.

And a blood moon is phrase used to describe the moon during a total lunar eclipse - when the Earth passes between the moon and the sun.

For the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the Blue Moon total eclipse will already be underway as the Moon rises.

Because of the timing, you'll need to look at the right moment on the 31st. Others in the western half of the US will still get a good show, with the total phase of the eclipse beginning at 4:51 a.m. PST.

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