If you look up in the sky on Jan. 31, you will see a moon that you haven’t seen before.
In addition, 3 astronomical events that haven’t occurred in about 150 years will influence the appearance of the next full moon that will happen on Jan. 31.
Experts claim that the event we’re about to witness has not been noticed in about 150 years.
You can call it whatever you like — a supermoon, a blood moon, a purple moon, or a blue red moon — but it’ll be a special sight on January 31st.
Namely, the Jan. 31 super full moon will feature a total lunar eclipse that’ll be visible from eastern Asia, western North America and the Pacific.
The orbit of the moon around Earth is tilted, which means it often falls below or above our planet’s shadow.
NASA scientists explain that a full Moon is ideally aligned with the Sun and our planet 2 times in a year. It causes our planet’s shadow to block the light of the Sun that would normally be reflected in the Moon.
On Jan. 31, the Moon will actually get a mysterious glow as well as gradually lose its brightness in the areas listed above because of the scarce sunlight crossing our planet’s atmosphere.
The mysterious appearance that’s usually emitted in a reddish hue as a result of how the atmosphere doubles the light is why a total lunar eclipse is called ‘a blood moon.’
What’s more, the Jan. 31 supermoon will be the 2nd full moon that takes place this month.
A scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Noah Petro, explains that the Jan. 31 lunar eclipse can be noticed during moonset. People in the Eastern United States, where it’ll be partial, may want to get up in the morning to witness it.
It’ll be a ‘super blue blood’ moon with the total lunar eclipse.
So, you should get your telescope ready and witness an event that has not been seen in about 150 years.