Total lunar eclipse on January 31

First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

A phenomenon known as a "blue supermoon" will light up the city's skies.

A "blue moon" will appear at 9:31 p.m.

On January 31, some U.S-based stargazers will also be treated to a total lunar eclipse. Now, sky watchers are preparing for an even rarer event this month: a blue moon total lunar eclipse.

How unusual are Blue Moon eclipses?

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth during an orbit, according to NASA.

It's almost impossible to compare the apparent size of the supermoon with a micromoon from memory, but when seen side-by-side as in this graphic, it becomes clear. Secondly, the moon will be a supermoon.

The supermoon pictured above the Hudson River and the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, pictured from Nyack, New York, on January 1. Another trio comes in 2019. The moon will appear bigger and brighter in the sky.

What is a blue moon?

Because the lunar cycle is 29.5 days, there will be no full moon in February, which happens only about four times a century.

New Year's Day brought us a spectacular wolf full moon, named for the howls of hungry wolves in winter. This is a common term for the second full moon in a month.

The phrase "once in a blue moon" - meaning something that does not happen very often - impresses how infrequent this event is.

"The eclipse will take place during the middle of the night, and the Pacific Ocean will be turned toward the moon at the time", wrote skywatching columnist Joe Rao.

This confluence of events has not happened since the second half of the 19th century.

Planetary Society of India director N. Raghunandan Kumar, said the visible part of the eclipse will last from 5.18 pm to 8.41 pm. Other regions will be able to see some parts of the eclipse.

Here is everything you need to know. For those in the Eastern Time zone, that means the partial eclipse begins at 6:48 a.m., while people in the middle of the country can catch the total eclipse beginning at 6:52 am Central Time.

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