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Rare 'blue supermoon' total eclipse to occur in Singapore on 31 January

Rare 'blue supermoon' total eclipse to occur in Singapore on 31 January

The lunar eclipse happens to be the first lunar eclipse of 2018 as well.On January 31st this year something rare will happen to the moon.

The moon orbits around Earth in what is called an ellipse, keeping an average distance from Earth of about 238,000 miles. Because the moon travels around Earth in an ellipse it is sometimes closer than usual.

A supermoon, a blue moon and a full lunar eclipse will all take place simultaneously in what has been called a super blue blood moon eclipse. Such a skywatching event hasn't happened for more than 150 years.

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The full moon can appear as much as 14 percent larger in the sky and 30 percent brighter to the people's eyes than at minimum size and brightness.

The new year started strong in terms of astronomical events. A royal blue blood supermoon will crown this spectacular season on January 31.

From a Supermoon to Harvest and Beaver moons to the solar eclipse, 2017 was a pretty good year for sky watchers.

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The end of this month will see the beginning of one of the moon's most attractive nights.

A total lunar eclipse will occur in the early morning hours of January 31, beginning at 3:51 a.m.

Regardless of how that turns out, the moon will be faithfully making its rounds up in the sky. The phrase "once in a blue moon" was derived from this phenomenon to signify rarity. This usually happens about every 2.7 years, though because February has only 28 days, a number of regions will get another blue moon in March 2018. The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow.

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"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", according to NASA.

The total eclipse will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere, with totality visible from the western parts of North America to Eastern Asia.

The total eclipse will begin at 8.51pm and end at 10.08pm, while the partial eclipse will end at 11.11pm.

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The total phase will begin at 4:51 am PST along the US West Coast.


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