Upcoming Rare Total Lunar Eclipse on 31st january 2018

A total lunar eclipse has the direct sunlight fully blocked by the earth's shadow. The only light seen is refracted through the earth's shadow.Due to its reddish color, a total lunar eclipse is called a blue blood moon.

 The rare alignment of three different lunar phenomena a total lunar eclipse, a full moon , and a blue moon—will be visible in the night and early morning skies for much of the world on Wednesday, January 31,2018.

This event offers a rare opportunity to see a supermoon, a blue moon and a lunar eclipse at the same time. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and appears about 14 percent brighter than usual. As the second full moon of the month, this moon is also commonly known as a blue moon, though it will not be blue in appearance. The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow and take on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon.

The total phase of this lunar eclipse will be visible in large parts of US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and a full moon form a near-perfect lineup in space. The total phase of the eclipse will last 1 hour and 16 minutes. The whole process will take more than four hours.
 (source:NASA TV)

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