'Lunar trifecta' to adorn morning sky on January 31

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With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a super blue blood moon.

The occurrence of Blue moon total eclipse is an uncommon event as it is taking place after a long span of 150 years.

The blue moon gets its name by being the second full moon in a single calendar month, which happens every 2 to 3 years. For the most part, those in western North America, throughout the Pacific Ocean and eastern Asia will have the best opportunity to see the special moon. A sequence of 12 lunations adds up to 354 days, against the 365 days in a year. Supermoon, as we know it, is used to describe the phenomenon wherein the moon is at its closest point when orbiting around the Earth. But any time you catch a full moon as it rises or sets, while its suspended low on the horizon beaming through the silhouettes of trees or buildings, its apparent size might make you do a double-take. "We're seeing all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon", added Sarah Noble, a Program Scientist at NASA. Anyone who lives outside of the 48 contiguous states is in luck, as Alaska and Hawaii will have the best views in the U.S. The moon will turn a deep, rich red - what many refer to as a "blood moon". The overall duration of this process shall be close to 77 minutes. Since the moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) it is about 30,000 miles (50,000 km) farther from Earth than the other (perigee).

This Blue Moon is also a supermoon, the last in a trilogy following the December 27, 2017 and January 1, 2018 supermoon occurrences wherein the moon appeared 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal when looked at through the naked eye. This event has been dubbed as "Wolf Moon" by NASA. A scientist, Noah Petro, from the Goddard Space Flight of NASA confirmed that the supermoons provide the people a rare but great chance to see the moon on the closest distance to Earth.

On Jan. 31, a super blue blood moon will conquer the skies, something that is not usually seen very often, noted a report from Express. On Jan. 31, all three of these celestial events will happen at the same time. The date for this future event has been estimated to be March 31, 2018.

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