A unique phenomenon that humans will be able to observe "blood moon"

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The first eclipse of 2018 will be a lunar one that comes at the very end of the month, on January 31. This unusual phenomenon when a full moon is observed for the second time in a single month is known as Blue Moon and occurs every 2.7 years approximately. This is a rare event and happens only once in every two and a half years.

The next event, the so-called Blue Moon, is expected to take place on January 31.

Alaska, Hawaii and parts of western USA will experience the full eclipse.

According to NASA, the spectacle will be viewable "from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia". All times are a.m. America's West Coast will get the best look at the blood moon as the eclipse begins at 2:51 a.m. and will last through 6 a.m. The farther east you go, the closer the start of the partial phases will coincide with moonrise.

Regardless of how that turns out, the moon will be faithfully making its rounds up in the sky.

Unlike the other two bits of the stunning lunar night, this part will only be visible to some parts of the world, since it depends on the alignment of the moon, sun and the Earth.


"The moon will turn red or coppery during the total eclipse".

To top it off, stargazers in some parts of the US will be treated to lunar eclipse on the same, final night of January. 3000, by Bao-Lin Liu and Alan D. Fiala (Willmann-Bell Inc., 1992). As skywatchers witness Supermoon, Blue Moon and a Total Lunar Eclipse all at the same time, the phenomenon called "Super Blue Blood Moon" occurs.

A full moon, known as the Blue Moon is seen over Loosely Row, near Princes Risborough, southeast England, July 31, 2015.

NASA has announced that the supermoon at the end of the month will feature a total lunar eclipse. Some call it a super blue blood moon eclipse. This promises to be a banner year for lunar exploration, and not just because of the renewed interest in sending astronauts back to the moon's surface.

We will have more to say about January's eclipse here at Space.com in the coming weeks.

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