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

Tomas Mccoy
January 5, 2018

Below, we provide a timetable for the main stages of the moon's passage through the Earth's shadow for six time zones - one for Hawaii (HST), one for Alaska (AKST) and four across the U.S and Canada: Pacific (PST), Mountain (MST), Central (CST) and Eastern (EST). Following the Supermoon that rose on January 1 called the Wolf Moon, another celestial event will happen before the end of this month as the moon does something it has never done in more than 150 years. It has also been dubbed as the "wolf moon". What makes the super moon also a blue moon is the ideal, dual timing of the second full moon of the month (a blue moon) - a rare occurrence in itself - and the moment when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, making it appear bigger and brighter than usual. Together, they've not happened for 150 years. It will look bigger and brighter from the ground as compared to the usual full moon. Secondly, the moon will be a supermoon.

Nearby perigee full moons appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than full moons that occur near apogee in the moon's orbit, NASA reported. That stunning event will lead to the moon turning a deep, rich red, a sight that has led to it being christened the "blood moon".

Some people including Nasa are referring to it as a super blue blood moon, and whatever you call it, it will make for a lovely, odd night.

A "blue" moon has nothing to do with color.

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.

Unless you are a regular moon-watcher, you may not notice anything different about this full moon. "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on the agency's website. That happens just under every three years. Before 2017, there was an 8 percent partial eclipse on December 31, 2009, but, for a total eclipse of a Blue Moon, we have to go all the way back to March 31, 1866.

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