2018 will see the first lunar eclipse of the year on January 31st.
This particular eclipse is known as the Blue Moon because it is a pretty rare event that involves the second full moon being completely covered. Such an event has not taken place in the last 150 years.
Areas that will be fortunate enough to observe this amazing spectacle would include Central and Eastern Asia, most of Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand in the evening.
The eclipse is expected to take place in the middle of the night when the Pacific Ocean is facing the moon.
As far as the experiencing the spectacle goes, the moon will have already risen when the eclipse is happening in the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Areas that will be able to see the complete phenomenon are North-western America, Hawaii and Alaska.
4:51 am is the approx time the phase is supposed to begin. As one moves east, one will find that the phases are at the same time as the moonrise.
The total phase is expected to last about 75-77 minutes with the moon going about the southern side of the Earth’s shadow.
In the Atlantic Seaboard, the moon will be in the Earth’s shadow, and in the darkest part of it which is known as the umbra at about 6:48 am. This will make the moon’s upper limb seem much darker than the brighter lower limb.
Once this is over, the next time we get to see a Blue Moon through the Earth’s umbra would be in 2028, 31st of December and followed y that in 2037 on the 31st of Jan again.
A complete Blue Moon eclipse last took place about 152 years ago, in 1866, on the 31st of March.
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