28Jan2018

The Super Blue Moon Eclipse January 31

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January will feature an uncommon sight as a blue moon coincides with a full ‘supermoon.’ Both of January’s full moons will be considered supermoons, appearing bigger and brighter than a normal.

The full moon on Jan. 31 will also earn the nickname of a blue moon as it is the second full moon to occur in one calendar month in the Northern skies. Contrary to the name, the moon will not actually appear the colour blue.

A total lunar eclipse will also be visible for part of the world on the night of the super blue moon as the moon passes directly through the Earth’s shadow.

The moon is seen taking different orange tones during a lunar eclipse. During totality, when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, the Moon takes on a reddish-orange glow. This is because stray sunlight still manages to reach the Moon, as it travels through the Earth’s atmosphere.

The total lunar eclipse will be visible across eastern Asia, Australia, Alaska and northwestern Canada. The rest of Asia and North America will be able to see a partial eclipse. This is the first time that a total lunar eclipse occurred during a blue moon since Dec. 30, 1982.

Total Lunar Eclipse – Australia January 31

The  Total Lunar Eclipse happens late on the evening of Wednesday 31st.  During a lunar eclipse, the Earth’s shadow falls upon the Moon. It’s lovely to watch and best of all, you don’t need any special equipment to see it happening.

The eclipse will begin with the Moon in the north-east and by the peak of totality the Moon will have risen high in the north. below is a guide chart for Melbourne Australia. Times should be close elsewhere on the east coast.

Partial Eclipse Begins: 10:48pm
Total Eclipse Begins: 11:52pm
Maximum Totality: 12:31am
Total Eclipse Ends: 1:08am
Partial Eclipse Ends: 2:11am

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