A 'super blue blood' moon to appear on Jan 31

Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018
The supermoon rises over a highway near Yangon on December 3, 2017. The lunar phenomenon occurs when a full moon is at its closest point to Earth.Photo: AFP

Following the appearances of two supermoons on Dec 3, 2017 and Jan 1, the final episode of the supermoon trilogy reportedly will appear on Jan. 31.

According to NASA, a supermoon is a full moon that is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit.

The final episode will be the second full moon in a month. Called a blue moon, the phenomenon is said to happen every two and a half years on average.

"With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a 'super blue blood' Moon," stated the organisation on its website, explaining that the Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow, giving it the name "blood moon."

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset. Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it," said NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center research scientist Noah Petro, adding that it would be another great the opportunity to watch the moon.

Source : AFP, Reuters

The last full moon of 2017 will be the first, last and only supermoon of the year that can be seen with the naked eye.

A supermoon occurs when the full moon is at its closest distance to earth, a point which is called the perigree.

Supermoons can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a full moon at its furthest distance from earth.

This December's supermoon made its appearance Sunday at 11.57pm.

On average, supermoons only appear about once every 14 months.

However, this supermoon kicks off a "trilogy" of supermoon appearances.

The next ones calculated to emerge on Jan 1 and 31, 2018.

Experts say the supermoon on Jan 31 would be a special one.

It would feature both a lunar eclipse and a blue moon (the second full moon in a month).