A 'super blue blood moon eclipse' is coming
- Author: Valerie Cook Jan 05, 2018,
Jan 05, 2018, 13:14
That total eclipse will combine with the second full moon of the month (also known as a blue moon), which hasn't happened in the past 150 years. The eclipse will last for 3.5 hours, with the total eclipse stretching for 77 minutes, reports Sky & Telescope.
Typically, only one full moon occurs in a calendar month.
On Jan. 31, a Blue Moon will also occur as the moon becomes full for the second time in a month.
Regardless of how that turns out, the moon will be faithfully making its rounds up in the sky.
The way the light filters through the atmosphere during an eclipse causes the blue light to bounce away from the moon, reflecting red light.
According to SCS, the astrological event will begin at 7.48pm and end at 11.11pm in Singapore.
Blue Moons happen every two-and-a-half years on average, so, with the total eclipse, it will be a royal spectacle - a "super blue blood" moon, Nasa said.
Since the moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles farther from Earth than the other (perigee). 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.
Viewers are advised to watch the eclipse with binoculars or through a telescope to enhance the experience.
A supermoon takes place when a full moon is at or near its closest point to Earth in its orbit.
The first bloody supermoon will be able to see the inhabitants of the Western coast of the United States, and from beginning to end, this phenomenon will be available only to residents of the Hawaiian Islands, Eastern part of Alaska and Northwest Canada.
The awesome lunar event will take place on January 31.
The New Year's full moon is called a wolf moon, named for the howls of the hungry animals during midwinter. Some call it a super blue blood moon eclipse.