Once in a blue moon


The super blue blood moon eclipse will be visible anywhere that it's night-time, although some regions of the globe will only be able to see a partial eclipse. Supermoons occur when the full moon coincides with the "perigee" of the lunar orbit.

The moon orbits around Earth in what is called an ellipse, keeping an average distance from Earth of about 238,000 miles. "The red/blood moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the Sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon", SCS said.

What makes it a rare celestial event is the fact that this is going to happen for the first time in over 150 years.

To make the event even more spectacular, the full moon will also be a supermoon like the one on January 1.

The new year started strong in terms of astronomical events. This upcoming supermoon is the third in a trilogy - the brightest was the recent January 1 supermoon.

Some call it a super blue blood moon eclipse.

There are traditional names like "wolf" or "harvest" for the first full moon of a month each year.

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

While the blue moon and the lunar eclipse will occur on January 31, the supermoon will actually take place on January 30.

A blue moon is the second of two full moons occurring in the same month.

Oh, and just because we know you're wondering - no, a blue moon isn't blue. 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.

The maximum phase of the total lunar eclipse will happen at around 8.37 am EST, or 1.37 pm GMT, according to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Heading farther west into western Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the moon rises. 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.