We have begun 2018 and are already onto the second day of the swanky new year. And looks like January is the month when we will look up into the sky, especially two nights!
There was a super moon on 3rd Dec and now in January, there are going to be two. Super moon is a phenomenon where the moon comes closest to the earth’s orbit point, making it look really huge and closer. The super moon appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than ‘regular’ full moons.
There was already one supermoon on 1st Jan but the big event is 31st Jan; there will not only be a super moon but there will also be a total lunar eclipse. There will be totality visible from eastern Asia across the Pacific to western North America. During the eclipse, the moon will slowly lose its brightness and take on a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light and such ‘moons’ are called ‘Blood moon.’
Yes, we will be able to see it in India – it will begin at 17.53 and end at 21.38.
Also, an eclipse never comes alone - a solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse. So we will also have a partial solar eclipse on 15th Feb.