As we all are getting ready to welcome the New Year, there is another spectacular event on the cards that will grace the New Year’s Eve. The first Supermoon of the year 2018 will take place on the New Years Day that is on January 1. This calls for double celebration for all the people here on Earth. And the celebrations do not end. The January month will be graced another two ecstatic lunar events. A second supermoon event will occur on January 31 and on that particular day the spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse will also take place.
Recently on December 3, the only Supermoon of the year took place, and many people were able to see the massive moon and took snapshots of the same. The supermoon is a fullmoon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the moon reaches to earth in its elliptical orbit. A supermoon takes place when the moon, Earth and the Sun align, and a full or new moon aligns with the sun’s lunar orbit.
On the occasion of Supermoon, the moon appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than regular full moons. On December 3, the supermoon was almost 16,500 miles (26,500 kilometers) away from Earth. According to the astronomers, the supermoon that took place in November 2016, was the brightest and the largest ever since 1948. Scientists had earlier predicted that during in between December 2017 and January 2018, a series of three supermoon events will take place.
According to NASA, the Supermoon that will occur on January 31 will be extra special because not only it will be considered as a blue moon but on that particular day, the total lunar eclipse will also take place. According to the scientists, the total lunar eclipse will be clearly visible from eastern Asia across the Pacific to western North America. As per NASA, at the time of the eclipse, the moon will slowly lose its brightness and take on a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light. That is why the totally eclipsed moons are sometimes also dubbed as “blood moons” owing to their reddish tint.
The scientists have advised people to see the super moon right after sunset and into moonrise and minutes before the next sunrise so as to get an unforgettable experience of the grand supermoon event. In that particular time, the moon will be situated on the horizon. On January 31, the total lunar eclipse will begin at 11:48 am UTC and will reach its peak at 1:30 pm UTC.