Get Ready To See The First Blue Moon Eclipse In 150 Years

Steve Rismiller

Steve Rismiller

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.

So, the upcoming eclipse on January 31 will be the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in almost 152 years!

The eclipse coincides with a blue moon event.

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Below, we provide a timetable for the main stages of the moon's passage through the Earth's shadow for six time zones - one for Hawaii (HST), one for Alaska (AKST) and four across the U.S and Canada: Pacific (PST), Mountain (MST), Central (CST) and Eastern (EST).

On the New Year's Day, the supermoon was the closest to the Earth out of the three.

The last blue moon-blood moon event occurred on March 31, 1866. Both of these eclipses will be total. Shortly before the blue moon starts, Earth's lone natural satellite will reach a point known as perigee, where it is at its closest point to the planet and appears much larger to the naked eye. 2018 started with a supermoon on January 1, and according to the experts, it will end with something that sounds ten times more epic: a Super Blue Blood Moon.

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These moons appear to be about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the average full moon.

Unfortunately, just looking at the sky on January 31 will not guarantee a view of the lunar eclipse.

If you miss this total eclipse, you'll have to wait until the Blue Moon passes through Earth's umbra again on December 31, 2028 and again on January 31, 2037, which isn't 150 years from now but is still a fairly long wait to see something so cool. That delayed spacecraft will not just land on the far side of the Moon, it will also bring a sample of the lunar far side back to Earth for scientists to analyze in their laboratories. As a result, the moon takes on an orange color, prompting viewers to refer to it as a blood moon.

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A so-called supermoon is seen at the finish of a lunar eclipse behind an Orthodox church in Turets, Belarus, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. "But it's another great chance to watch the moon".

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