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2 total eclipses of the Moon in 2018

05 January 2018

A supermoon glows brighter than the average moon, pictured here in detail from Valencia, Spain, on January 1.

The first eclipse will occur on January 31 and will be particularly visible from eastern Europe and eastern Africa to South America.

The moon can also look bigger if it is close to the horizon. For the first time since 1866, a total lunar eclipse will occur with the blue moon, or second full moon of the month, which-like the one visible on New Year's Day-will also be a supermoon. In fact, the display only occurs about once every 2 and a half years.

How unusual are Blue Moon eclipses?

It has been a busy couple of weeks for people who like to stare at the sky and take photos of the Moon, but leave those telescopes out because the fun and excitement isn't over quite yet.

The upcoming moon will end what NASA calls a "supermoon trilogy".

To make the event even more spectacular, the full moon will also be a supermoon like the one on January 1.

A "blue" moon has nothing to do with color.

By definition, a Supermoon is a full moon that appears when the moon reaches its closest orbital point to Earth.

January 31 is literally a once-in-a-blue-moon event.

The spectacular New Year's day supermoon has proved itself to be merely a warm up for the main event which will happen later in the month.

That would make this a lifetime spectacle considering it is a ' super blue blood moon'. On America's East Coast the eclipse will start coming into view at 5:51 a.m. and will give viewers in cities like NY only a small window to see the reddish moon.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre.

The phrase "once in a blue moon" - meaning something that does not happen very often - impresses how infrequent this event is. Before 2017, there was an 8 percent partial eclipse on December 31, 2009, but, for a total eclipse of a Blue Moon, we have to go all the way back to March 31, 1866.

2 total eclipses of the Moon in 2018