Begins with Supermoon, Quadrantid Meteor Showers and Lunar Eclipse

Janie Parker
January 5, 2018

When is the next supermoon this year? The lunar eclipse happens to be the first lunar eclipse of 2018 as well.On January 31st this year something rare will happen to the moon.

Noah Petro - NASA When is the next supermoon?

The eclipse will take place during the middle of the night, and the Pacific Ocean will be turned toward the moon at the time.

The start of the year 2018 began with a rare version of super moon that was witnessed by people all over the world. It will be mainly visible from South America, Africa, Central Asia and India. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it. "But it's another great chance to watch the moon".

Regardless of how that turns out, the moon will be faithfully making its rounds up in the sky. They occur when the moon is in extremely close proximity to earth's orbit, and therefore appear much larger.

Besides, the moon on January 31 will appear bigger and brighter as it will be a super moon.

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Could this also be the year that commercial moon missions, with help from NASA, finally get off the ground? "The red/blood moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the Sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon", SCS said.

During its orbit, it varies slightly closer (perigee) and farther (apogee) from Earth each month. There was a partial eclipse of a Blue Moon on December 31, 2009, but the last total eclipse of a Blue Moon is dated March 31, 1866.

Once in a blue moon?

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The phrase "once in a blue moon" - meaning something that does not happen very often - impresses how infrequent this event is.

The last time all that happened together was nearly 152 years ago.

January 31's full moon just squeezes into the same month, turning it "blue". 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".

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