First super blue blood moon eclipse in more than 150 years

Olive Hawkins
January 13, 2018

The January 31 eclipse starts when the Moon enters the Earth's lighter, penumbral shadow at 3:51 a.m. MST.

It's true, a major lunar event is happening this month, and you will be able to see it from Halton.

Not only will the night sky reveal the third of a Supermoon trilogy that's occurred over the last two months, but a "blue Moon" and a total lunar eclipse will also occur on the same night, the first time this has happened since March 31, 1866.

A blue moon is used to describe a second full moon in a month. So, at most full Moons, the Moon passes a bit north or south of Earth's Shadow.

It appeared 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than the supermoon on July 27 a year ago, with pictures of it posted on social media by people around the world. We can see the first part of a total lunar eclipse from the Western Slope during the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, January 31.

A blue Moon has nothing to do with the color of the Moon.

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Ever heard the saying "Once in a blue Moon?". The phrase "Once in a Blue Moon", stems from a folklorist in Newfoundland over 400 years ago, according to space.com. In fact, the Moon will actually appear red in the early morning of February 1st due to the lunar eclipse! The "blood moon" term comes from Christian authors popularizing the term as it relates to biblical prophecies.The last lunar tetrad occurred between 2014 and 2015.

The rare happening is the result of 2 concurrent lunar phenomena. The moon will reach a point in its orbit where the Earth will completely obstruct the Sun from its view causing all hues of blue to disappear, leaving the moon a copper-red colour!

'It's a really unusual thing ... it's a really special thing all three things are happening on the same night, ' Mr Boyd said. The eastern US won't be in "totality" this time around, as the totality path will be over the Atlantic Ocean.

Did you see the solar eclipse in the US last August?

Break out your binoculars and telescopes, skywatchers!

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