When is the next supermoon in 2018? Lunar eclipse to turn moon red | Science | News

The New Year supermoon was the second of a trilogy of awe-inspiring supermoons between December and the end of January. 

NASA has said that the next “extra special” supermoon will reach its peak on the last night of January – Wednesday January 31 2018. 

The supermoon, which is also a rare Blue Moon, will take on an red eerie glow because it coincides with a total lunar eclipse across America. 

During a total lunar eclipses, the moon is sometimes known as a Blood Moon because of the way the atmosphere bends the light.

Blue Moon is the name given to the second fall moon of January, which only happens every two and a half years on average. 

NASA said: “With the total eclipse, it’ll be a royal spectacle indeed: a ‘super blue blood’ Moon.

“Sometimes the celestial rhythms sync up just right to wow us. Heed your calendar reminders.” 

The totality of the lunar eclipse will be seen from western North America all the way across the Pacific to Eastern Asia. 

The eclipsed moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow and could appear a menacing red in the night sky. 

Sarah Noble, a program Scientist at NASA headquarters, said: “We’re seeing all of the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon.”

The lunar eclipse will take place when the full moon lines up perfectly with Earth and the Sun such that our planet totally blocks out the sunlight normally reflect off the Moon.

Supermoons are usually 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than when the moon is at its furthest from Earth. 

The moon’s orbit is elliptical so one side of it is is 30,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to Earth than the other. 

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