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Total eclipses will be visible from everywhere on the Earth that will have night, and the duration of each visible eclipse will vary from place to place. Most recently, Vancouver was treated to a stunning supermoon on the first day of 2018. The lunar eclipse happens to be the first lunar eclipse of 2018 as well.On January 31st this year something rare will happen to the moon. Hawaii, Alaska and northwestern Canada will observe the complete event.

According to NASA, the spectacle will be viewable "from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia".

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

Unfortunately, the total lunar eclipse will only be visible by select U.S-based viewers.

Indeed, these events make the luminescent orb appear roughly 14% bigger and 30% brighter than typical full moons.


Typically, only one full moon occurs in a calendar month.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". In New York, the eclipse will take place as the moon is setting, making it invisible. 2018 will feature two Blue Moons one in January and one in March. A supermoon is when the full moon occurs alongside the "perigee" of the lunar orbit.

Although the name has nothing to do with color, Pagasa said the moon may appear with a tinge of blue in certain atmospheric conditions such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.

The super blue blood moon is not expected to shine as quite brightly as the moon on New Year's Day, but it will offer something better instead-the red glow of a total lunar eclipse. Because the moon travels around Earth in an ellipse it is sometimes closer than usual.

"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. With that being said, the event is still very rare.


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