Super Blue Moon On January 31

Blue Super Moon On January 31

On January 31, we will witness a very rare phenomenon: “A Super Blue Moon”. The event will combine 3 phenomena at the same time: a blue moon, a super moon, and a total lunar eclipse. It will appear for the first time in 150 years and we will see a massive Super moon which will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual. Super moon happens when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth, that’s why the moon’s orbit is oval shaped and not a circle. The second part of the unusual event is the Blue Moon. The reason why it is called Blue Moon is that it is the second full moon of this month. The total lunar eclipse is also known as Blood Moon. It occurs when the Earth sits between the sun and the moon. The atmosphere filters out most of the blue colored light. The three events will coincide on January 31 in one amazing celestial sight. The time depends on where you are located. The best place to see it will be Western North America, Asia and Australia. The last time that humans saw a total eclipse of the Blue Moon was in 1866. The next blood moon will be on January 19, 2019, but this time it will be a super moon not a Blood Moon. It will be noticeable throughout all of the U.S. Unlike solar system, it is safe to look directly at the super blue blood moon.
Source: NASA