Rare 'blue supermoon' total eclipse to occur in Singapore on 31 January

Muriel Hammond
January 5, 2018

When is the next supermoon this year?

Noah Petro - NASA When is the next supermoon? The last lunar eclipse took place in September 2015, but not of the supermoon variety which happened in 1866 allegedly.

The maximum phase of the total lunar eclipse will happen at around 8.37 am EST, or 1.37 pm GMT, according to the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

It's not often that you get to say a "super blue blood moon" is coming.

North American viewers should look up as the moon sets on the morning of January 31, while those on the opposite side of the world should see a partial eclipse as the moon rises. The only other lunar eclipse phenomenon this year will occur in July but will not be viewable from the United States. "But it's another great chance to watch the moon". It will look bigger and brighter from the ground as compared to the usual full moon.

Indeed, these events make the luminescent orb appear roughly 14% bigger and 30% brighter than typical full moons.

The moon, which lies 385,000km away, guides life on Earth by creating its tidal rhythm and moderating the planet's axis and stabilising the climate.

During its orbit, it varies slightly closer (perigee) and farther (apogee) from Earth each month.

What is a blue moon? This usually happens about every 2.7 years, though because February has only 28 days, a number of regions will get another blue moon in March 2018. On average they occur once every two and a half years. The blue moon will actually be seen red at some areas, because of the total lunar eclipse which can give the moon a red tinge, giving it the name blood moon.

After this year, the next time that a Blue Moon passes through Earth's umbra will be on December 31, 2028, and, after that, on January 31, 2037. The moon, however, does not appear blue during this occurrence.

To top it off, stargazers in some parts of the USA will be treated to lunar eclipse on the same, final night of January. There will be a meteor shower as well as a lunar eclipse during the course of January as well.

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