Year of the Moon

Posted January 05, 2018

The moon, which lies 385,000km away, guides life on Earth by creating its tidal rhythm and moderating the planet's axis and stabilising the climate.

A total lunar eclipse will occur in the early morning hours of January 31, beginning at 3:51 a.m.

Total lunar eclipse On the night of January 31, Filipinos will enjoy two rare occurrences - a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse.

According to NASA, a blue moon happens every two-and-a-half years. Along the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard, for instance, the moon will have only just begun to enter the darkest part of Earth's shadow, the umbra, at 6:48 a.m. EST when it will disappear from view below the west-northwest horizon.

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

Some people including Nasa are referring to it as a super blue blood moon, and whatever you call it, it will make for a handsome, odd night. But it will be 31 January that will be the most dramatic and odd of all, and the one that Nasa is advising people to make sure they catch.

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A supermoon is pictured during a total lunar eclipse in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 28, 2015. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". A royal blue blood supermoon will crown this spectacular season on January 31.

Once in a blue moon?

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Unless you are a regular moon-watcher, you may not notice anything different about this full moon. There was a partial eclipse of a Blue Moon on December 31, 2009, but the last total eclipse of a Blue Moon is dated March 31, 1866. The moon won't actually be blue, because the term simply refers to the second full moon in a month.

The New Year's full moon is called a wolf moon, named for the howls of the hungry animals during midwinter.

NASA said: "The moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere".