Begins with Supermoon, Quadrantid Meteor Showers and Lunar Eclipse

Greg Lawrence
January 5, 2018

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon enters the darkest part of the earth's shadow, called the umbra.

According to the USA space agency, the second supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse "with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia". In fact, the night of January 31 will see three separate celestial events happen simultaneously, resulting in a Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse.

Clearly the Eclipse will also be visible in Australia, New Zealand, Eastern and Central Asia.

For the rest of the USA, the eclipse will come too close to when the moon sets for the phenomenon to be visible.

According to NASA, the spectacle will be viewable "from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia". The moon on January 1st was also a supermoon, and Space.com reports that it's also the brightest moon we'll see all year. There has already been one full moon this month - the supermoon that was visible in the evening of the 1st and early morning of the 2nd.

NASA has announced that the supermoon at the end of the month will feature a total lunar eclipse.

Begins with Supermoon, Quadrantid Meteor Showers and Lunar Eclipse

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

The peak of the shower was January 3, a waning full moon may interfere with observing these meteors, NASA stated. Supermoons occur when the full moon coincides with the "perigee" of the lunar orbit. 2018 will be special, however, with a second blue moon on March 31st of this year. Some people including Nasa are referring to it as a super blue blood moon, and whatever you call it, it will make for a lovely, odd night.

The last supermoon occurred on December 3, when the moon was 222,761 miles (358,499km) from Earth.

It will be a blood moon, a Supermoon and a total lunar eclipse - all on one night.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". That doesn't actually mean it will look any different - but rather that it's the second time there's been a full moon in a month. With that being said, the event is still very rare. The eclipsed moon's reddish color earned it the nickname blood moon.

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