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'Lunar trifecta' to adorn morning sky on January 31

'Lunar trifecta' to adorn morning sky on January 31”

A picture of the Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon - an event considered as rare as the Super Blue Moon.

"The term "supermoon" has been applied to the time when the moon is closest to the earth and is full at the same time", Greenhouse added.

The first full moon of the month happened January 2. Throw in a total lunar eclipse and that's a grand party in the night sky with the moon as the superstar.

If you were awestruck by the New Year's Day super moon, hold onto your trousers. For viewers in NY, it will occur at 9:24 p.m. local time; in the United Kingdom, observers will see it at 2:24 a.m. local time, and in Hawaii, it will be at 4:24 p.m. local time (so the moon will be a touch past full when it rises at 6:06 p.m.).

We had the month's first full moon around New Year's Day. The easternmost part of the US will be able to see the end of the eclipse at around 6:48 a.m. EST, but the event will most easily be seen on the western side of the country, according to Space.com. Like the blue moon it has it's own special moniker, Wolf Moon.

But their fellow Aussies in Perth, in the southwestern part of the country, will get one, since the first full moon occurs on January 2 at 10:24 a.m. local time, so the moon will still look quite full when it rises at 7:35 p.m.

A view of the Earth at the moment of totality during the lunar eclipse on Jan. 31. If you’re in the nighttime sides you’ll be treated to all or part of the show

It even has its own saying, "Once in a blue moon".

But wait, wait - these two celestial events, the blue moon and the super moon, will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse will actually make it look red. The moon will be 223,068 miles (358,994 kilometers) from Earth, compared to the average distance of238,855 miles (384,400 km), according to NASA.

Australia and the Pacific including Indonesia, New Zealand and countries in Central and East Asia will see a great portion if not the entire lunar eclipse. The Moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth.

It's true, a major lunar event is happening this month, and you will be able to see it from Mississauga. The only light seen is refracted through the earth's shadow. The penumbra darkens the moon only a little; unless you're especially keen eyed, it is often hard to notice. The eclipse begins at 3:48 a.m.

Early that morning, about 3:45 a.m., a total eclipse of the moon will occur. To see as much of the eclipse as possible, you'll want to be near a flat western horizon. In California? You'll get a good view of totality, with the total phase starting at 4:51 a.m. and ending at 6:07 a.m. Because of its reddish color, a total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon.

In the U.S. West coast, the total phase of the eclipse will start at 4:51 a.m. PST. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the moon's location relative to its orbital nodes. With all this Moon energy this month, you will have the "stars aligned" to understanding yourself better by knowing your Moon sign. On Jan. 31, all three of these celestial events will happen at the same time.



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