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A rare total eclipse of the moon at the end of January

Astronomers are waiting for one of the most dramatic events of 2018, a rare total eclipse of the moon on 31 January.

What makes this event special is that it will happen during the second full moon of the month, or the so-called “blue moon” (the name is not related to the moon’s actual color), and such an event has not been observed since 1866, making it the first lunar eclipse of the moon since more than 150 years. The next eclipse of the Badr will not occur before 2028.

Observers in Central and East Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will have a good view of the event in the night sky, and in a westward direction to western Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will be underway at the time of the moonrise.

On the eastward, the population of Alaska, Hawaii and northwest Canada will see eclipses from beginning to end, but residents of the eastern parts of North and Central America will have a shorter view of the event because of the sunset.

For example, the event will start in the US Mountain Time Zone (MST), which includes the Rocky Mountains, the cities of Phoenix, Dnieper and the El Paso Juárez region at 4:48 am, but with the eclipse, the moon will be out of sight. For residents of the Eastern Time Zone (EST) in the United States, they will see the eclipse start at 6:48 am, and the Moon soon eased out of sight.

Astronomers on Sunday night had the first astronomical event of the year, the so-called supermoon. The moon was at its closest point of Earth in its elliptic orbit, making it look slightly larger than its normal size and brightest.
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