Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse On January 31, 2018

The Supermoon Lunar Eclipse as seen from Yuma on Sept. 27 2015

The Supermoon Lunar Eclipse as seen from Yuma on Sept. 27 2015

When you do, you will be treated to both a visible supermoon-what we call a full moon at its closest orbital point to Earth-and a total lunar eclipse.

In less than a week, a "super blue blood moon" will grace the skies for the first time in more than 150 years.

While most of the world will be able to the see the super- and blue moons because it's tied to the eclipse, the odds of also seeing a blood moon depend on where one is.

A supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its' elliptical orbit.

A "blue moon" is a second full moon that occurs in a single month. The partial eclipse, when the moon starts to slide into Earth's shadow, begins at 6:48 a.m.

Informing this, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said in a statement that people in Qatar have a good chance to see the Blue Moon from the evening of January 31, Wednesday, until the next morning. Viewers on the East coast will see the start of the eclipse just before dawn, possibly catching the the moon just beginning to take on a reddish hue before it sets. By the way, the whole double blue moon thing only happens about four times a century and not again until 2037. Although that one will be a supermoon, it won't be a blue moon.

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What makes this supermoon rare are the other two titles that we get to tack on, one of which is "blue". With most months longer than 29.5 days, it occasionally works out that we have two full moons.

Even though the eclipse will technically begin when the moon is still visible along the East Coast, people in that part of the USA likely won't be able to see much of the cosmic show. NASA informed that the next total lunar eclipse along with a supermoon will occur on January 21, 2019.

I have never heard a definitive explanation as to how they came to be called Blue Moons. The event will begin at 5:51 a.m. EST on January 31.

According to the Group Manager Corporate Communications of Yayasan Sabah Group, Sam S. Karnail, Yayasan Sabah Group together with Sabah Stargazer Association will be holding the event which provides opportunity to the public to witness the total eclipse of the moon that is expected to take five hours and 17 minutes. The stars and moon appear clearer because we are looking out into deep space, rather than toward the galaxy's dusty, busy center. We typically get about 4-6 supermoons per year, though last year we only had one. He lives in Ottawa so he will see the moon moving into the shadow just as the moon sets.

Here in the Kawarthas, we'll only see a partial lunar eclipse.

During the eclipse, the moon loses contact with all direct light coming from the sun but it won't go completely dark.

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