Mark the date, do not miss this celestial event – the total eclipse of blue moon, aka blue supermoon that is to occur by the end of this month; it is a rare lunar event that is occurring in 150 years, and will not occur in next 150 years so there’s no second chance.
Three different lunar events – a supermoon, a total lunar eclipse and a blue moon, will occur simultaneously on January 31, 2018. This event is so rare that it is occurring for the first time in 150 years and it is unlikely to occur anytime soon. The second full moon of the month, also known as the “Blue Moon”, will coincide with the total lunar eclipse, a combined astronomical phenomenon that hasn’t occurred since March 31, 1866. And to make it extra-special, the blue moon March 31 will be a supermoon – a term used to describe a full moon near or at the time when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.
Interestingly, supermoons appear 14% closer and 30% brighter than that on average nights and it will be a total lunar eclipse. Just so you know, the blue moon might look red from some regions and even the eclipse might have a reddish tinge – hence it is also known as blood moon. There’s one more name too, a ‘wolf moon’ because wolves used to howl maybe in hunger outside the villages. So let’s just call it a “super blue blood moon” which will be no less than a treat to all the sky gazers and astronauts. With 150 years of record, this is literally a ‘once in a blue moon’ event, that is not to be missed.
But here’s the catch, it unlike the solar eclipse, the super blue blood moon eclipse will not be as visible in the continental United States. However, people of Central and Eastern Asia, as well as Indonesia, New Zealand and much of Australia will see the celestial phenomenon. For the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the Moon rises. Don’t miss it.