First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

A NASA graphic of a supermoon

A NASA graphic of a supermoon

The moon orbits around Earth in what is called an ellipse, keeping an average distance from Earth of about 238,000 miles.

According to the United States space agency, the second supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse "with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia". It has also been dubbed as the "wolf moon".

The last time all that happened together was nearly 152 years ago.

Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth.

It has been a busy couple of weeks for people who like to stare at the sky and take photos of the Moon, but leave those telescopes out because the fun and excitement isn't over quite yet.

The start of the year 2018 began with a rare version of super moon that was witnessed by people all over the world.

Because of the way Earth's atmosphere bends light, the eclipsed moon will take on a reddish hue, something often referred to as a blood moon, making this rare celestial event "a super blue blood moon eclipse", according to the Miami Herald.

Once in a blue moon? . That doesn't actually mean it will look any different - but rather that it's the second time there's been a full moon in a month. This event occurs only once in every two and a half years. Both of these eclipses will be total.

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. On America's East Coast the eclipse will start coming into view at 5:51 a.m. and will give viewers in cities like NY only a small window to see the reddish moon.

The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse creating a blood moon last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. This usually happens about every 2.7 years, though because February has only 28 days, a number of regions will get another blue moon in March 2018.

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