Year of the Moon

Here's a look at a previous lunar eclipse

Filipinos will be treated to three lunar events on January 31 - a blue moon, a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.

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

A full moon, known as the Blue Moon is seen over Loosely Row, near Princes Risborough, southeast England, July 31, 2015.

Because we already experienced a full moon on January 1, the second will be a blue moon.

So, the upcoming eclipse on January 31 will be the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in almost 152 years!

During totality, the Moon's lower limb will appear much brighter than the dark upper limb, "Space.com" reported.

The next total lunar eclipse of a blue moon is said to occur on 31 December, 2028. While the saying "once in a blue moon" suggests rarity, these events are more common than you might think. Together, they've not happened for 150 years. Astronomers have to go all the way back to March 31, 1866, to find the last "Blue Blood Moon". It has also been dubbed as the "wolf moon".

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

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A supermoon - a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle - is a phenomenon that occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being the closest it gets to the Earth on its orbit.

The last supermoon occurred on December 3, when the moon was 222,761 miles (358,499km) from Earth. The perigee is the nearest point to Earth in the lunar orbit.

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.

These moons appear to be about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the average full moon.

Just one night earlier, the moon will reach its closest point to Earth, marking the second arrival of the supermoon this year.

If this wasn't enough, the Super Blue Blood Moon will undergo lunar eclipse. As sunlight is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere it creates a glowing reddish hue on the surface of the moon. As a result, the moon takes on an orange color, prompting viewers to refer to it as a blood moon. Alaska, Hawaii and northwestern Canada will see the eclipse from start to finish. For the rest of the mainland USA, the eclipse will be partial.

"The moon will turn red or coppery during the total eclipse".

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