2018 has already begun, and at the end of this month, exactly on 31st of January, there will be a lunar eclipse. In other words, a lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth, the Sun and the Moon are aligned.

However, what makes this lunar eclipse special is the fact that it happens on a Blue Moon. For more than 152 years, there has not been an eclipse like this one.

Space.com claims that the lunar eclipse last coincided with a Blue Moon on 31st of March, 1866. The next time it will coincide with a Blue Moon will be on 21st of December, 2028.

Interestingly, NASA stated that a Blue Moon occurs at every 2.7 years. If two moons appear in a month, the second one is known as a Blue Moon.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth’s umbra or shadow directly obstructs the sunlight. It is reflected by the atmosphere through the Earth’s umbra. So, when it is covered with the Earth’s umbra, it turns reddish. For this reason, it is known as a blue blood moon.

This event becomes more impressive, because this moon will be the 3rd Supermoon that we have had. A new or full moon is called a Supermoon when it approaches closer than 361.554.9 km of Earth. The first Supermoon occurred on 3rd December, 2017, the second on 2nd of January, 2018, whereas the third one will occur on 31st of January, 2018.

During the Supermoon, the moon is 14 % larger and 30 % brighter than the normal moon.

Asia, Australia, South Pacific, Western North America and New Zealand will be able to observe this amazing lunar eclipse. The moon will be inside the Earth’s shadow for 77 minutes.

The lunar eclipse occurs at the same time all over the world. However, you have to be on the nighttime side when the lunar eclipse happens in order to be able to witness this unusual phenomenon.

Alaska, Western North America and Hawaii can observe the lunar eclipse in the morning on 31st of January before sunrise. Moreover, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, New Zealand and Indonesia can see the lunar eclipse in the evening after sunrise on 31st of January.

Have you ever witnessed a lunar eclipse? This one you surely do not want to miss.