A once-in-a-blue moon occurrence on Jan 31

What will you see during the total lunar eclipse

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In India, you will be able to witness the all-in-one blue moon, supermoon and blood moon starting at 6:21PM IST on January 31, 2018, and it will be visible till 7:37PM. But some people say that a lunar eclipse blue moon event had occurred on December 30, 1982.

Supermoon: A phenomenon when the full moon is also the closest to Earth.

The duration of the total lunar eclipse will be 76 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow.

Blue moon, on the other hand, is when there are two full moons within one calendar month, but it happens rarely. The last time the total lunar eclipse occurred was on April 4, 2015.

For the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the moon rises. Science Centre Singapore spokesman said, "After this year's total lunar eclipse, it will not be until three years later that we will be able to see another blood moon on May 26, 2021". The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be a special one as on the same night the moon will appear in three different forms - supermoon, blue moon and blood moon. Also, the supermoon that will be occurring on January 31 will also be called as "blue moon". "As white light from the sun shines through the earth's atmosphere, only red light makes it through, thus giving the moon a red hue", the Science Centre stated.

The last blue moon event took place on May 21, 2016.

The moon will appear orangish and can also look deep red.

The moon can be seen in Singapore on the evening of January 31. On December 31, 2009, there was an eight percent partial eclipse on December 31, 2009.

Special equipment is not needed, but viewing through binoculars or a telescope will "enhance the experience", it added.

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