If you had the pleasure to enjoy last’s years US total solar eclipse, then we got some good news for you. On the 31st of January, there will be a total lunar eclipse, and it coincides with a “Blue Moon”. The last time this phenomenon happened back in 1866.
Noah Petro from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said: “The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset”
Blue Moons are actually quite rare, although there will be another one in March next year.
Lunar eclipses occur about two to four times each year.
“The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth’s atmosphere. Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called ‘blood moons.’”
“Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it,” said Noah Petro.
“The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon,” he said, “not just that once, but every chance they have!”
If you want to really get the full experience, some of the best places to witness this would be central and eastern Asia, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and also some parts of North America.