Rare 'blue supermoon' total eclipse to occur in Singapore on 31 January

Doug Carpenter
January 5, 2018

The world was treated to a stellar show to start 2018 as the year's first supermoon appeared on New Year's Day.

The blue moon of this month will fall on the last day, just barely squeezing into January and making the month a rather rare example of two full moons within the same month.

Supermoons, meteor shower to light up the sky this January

This happens at least twice a year - but in this case, it's the fact that all these events coincide that makes it so cool.

The major moon experience will be visible in the early morning hours over most of the Pacific Ocean, Central and East Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia.


For the rest of the US, the eclipse will come too close to when the moon sets for the phenomenon to be visible. During eclipses, the moon will get a dark reddish color like rust, as our planet's satellite will enter the Earth's shadow, which will interfere between the Sun and the Moon. All times are a.m. 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. The maximum totality occurs at 6:29 a.m. The moon, however, does not appear blue during this occurrence.

The maximum phase of the total lunar eclipse will happen at around 8.37 am EST, or 1.37 pm GMT, according to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The moon on January 1st was also a supermoon, and Space.com reports that it's also the brightest moon we'll see all year.


"The moon will turn red or coppery during the total eclipse".

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". 3000, by Bao-Lin Liu and Alan D. Fiala (Willmann-Bell Inc., 1992). Now, sky watchers are preparing for an even rarer event this month: a blue moon total lunar eclipse. The distance between the Earth and the moon changes continously.


NASA promised a trilogy of lunar events beginning back on December 3 and ending with a lunar eclipse on January 31. The supermoon in 2018 was seen 14 percent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than the one seen in July a year ago.

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