Given the rare occurrence of this Super Blue Moon Eclipse, you have a strong reason to ditch your gym and head outside for a night run on 31 January. This coppery color occurs because sunlight passing through our planet's atmosphere is reddened and bent inward toward the darkened surface of the totally eclipsed moon.
Fred says the term "Blue" Moon originated in folklore, and is defined as the second full moon in a calendar month - with the first on January 2, and the next on Jan 31 at 9:26pm WA time. The eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31 for those in North America, Alaska and Hawaii.
"When the two line up exactly - you get an eclipse". This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned - with Earth in the middle. The lunar eclipse will occur at the same time as a blue moon. During such an eclipse, the moon gradually gets darker and then takes on a dusty or blood-red colour.Although the eclipse will be visible throughout most of western North America, eastern Asia and Australia, the best view will be from the Pacific Ocean. Viewers under a clear sky will see it suspended eerily among the stars of springtime.
As the month's second full moon falls on January 31 and a complete lunar cycle usually takes about 29 days, there will be no full moon in February, making it a "black moon".
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Elsewhere, the Langkawi National Observatory will also be holding a watch as well as other similar sessions being planned nationwide, from Port Dickson to Malacca and even Kelantan as well as in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The totality phase ends about 6:05 a.m.
The planetarium will be providing telescopes as well as briefing on the phenomenon, astro-photography activities as well as performing lunar eclipse prayers. Johnston said the January 21, 2019 lunar eclipse will be visible throughout all of the USA and will be a supermoon, though it won't be a blue moon.
If you miss the January 31 lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait nearly another year for the next opportunity in North America.
"I have always been fascinated by the night sky".
In just over a week, we'll be able to see the third supermoon in a row.