An Epic Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming to Ring in 2018

30 December, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Regina Lloyd
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Those who miss the chance to spot the New Year's Day moon will get another chance on the last day of the month.

In spite of the fact that a supermoon appears somewhat bigger in the sky than a full moon, the distinction is nearly incomprehensible for most people to see.

A supermoon is the term given to full moons which occur at the same time as the moon reaches its closest point to Earth in orbit. The moon will pass into the Earth's shadow, making it a Blood Moon.

But that's not the only label of January 31's moon - that full moon also happens to be the second full moon of the month, an event that is often referred to as a "blue moon". The third will be the full moon on Wednesday, January 31.




The supermoon will happen the evening of January 30. Full moons are usually separated by 29 days, but the extra "blue moon" was able to squeeze in this January, which has 31 days. Since the Moon's orbital path is oval, one side is approximately 50,000 km far from the Earth. The best time to check out a full moon is when it's low on the horizon, during moonrise or moonset.

For January 31, 2018, you'll have to be up early here in Columbus to see the partial lunar eclipse. A blue moon is the term given to a full moon that occurs twice in the same month and only happens about once every two-and-a-half to three years, though it typically doesn't actually look any different than any other full moon. Viewers on the eastern side of the United States will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse during moonset on the morning of February 1.

The eclipse will cover the face of the moon, turning it dark, as the Earth blocks the light of the sun from the moon. The celestial event will be viewable in totality from western North America to Eastern Asia. According to Space.com, the sky above will be putting on a rare and glorious show of its own over New Year's Day and throughout the month of January with a super blue blood moon you just have to see.

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