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The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow.

The first lunar Eclipse in the new 2018 will happen in January: 31 number of earthlings will be able to see the "bloody moon" at the time of closest approach of the Earth from its natural satellite. Most recently, Vancouver was treated to a stunning supermoon on the first day of 2018.

For the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the Moon rises. January 31st will see a total lunar eclipse, which will be best visible on the west coast. Places like Alaska, Hawaii as well as a Northwestern section of Canada can see the event in the sky. It will be mainly visible from South America, Africa, Central Asia and India. This moon was also a supermoon, and the brightest moon we will see all year, according to Space.com. This odd phenomenon when a full moon is observed for the second time in a single month is known as Blue Moon and occurs every 2.7 years approximately.

To top it off, there will also be a total lunar eclipse. The supermoon in 2018 was seen 14 percent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than the one seen in July previous year.

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Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth. To answer that question, we consulted the reference book Canon of Lunar Eclipses, 1500 B.C. - A.D. A blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month. As sunlight is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere it creates a glowing reddish hue on the surface of the moon. Thirdly, a total lunar eclipse will take place making the event a super rare one which occurs once in 150 years.

NASA always encourages people to use these rare lunar events as a chance to study the moon. This happens when the earth is in a position between the moon and the soon which blots out the view of the moon.

2018 will be a year of blue moons, as another one is due to appear on March 31.


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