Blue Moon and partial lunar eclipse for January 31


January skywatchers are in for a rare treat: a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon all in the same month.

Southern Cross University geographer Professor Bill Boyd told Daily Mail Australia while every moon was special in its own way, the fact three were happening at once was what made it stand out.

And the finale will itself be a combination of three separate but simultaneous celestial events, the first time such a phenomenon has happened since March 1866.

'A supermoon is a really spectacular thing when the moon is as close as it'll ever get, it's much bigger and brighter, ' Mr Boyd told Daily Mail Australia. The end of January will feature another Lunar event, with several rare alignments happening simultaneously.

This happens when a full moon, Earth and the Sun line up. A super moon is when the moon's perigee, or its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit, occurs during a full moon.

Despite the phrase "once in a blue moon" meaning something occurring infrequently, an actual blue moon occurs about every two and a half years. The term "blue moon" is an unscientific term with hazy origins, possibly from folklore, that some use to refer to a second full moon in a month.

If you truly want the best view, you'll have to make your way to the Asian Pacific region, said Dr.

The Sun is behind Earth, so it causes Earth's shadow to reflect on the moon instead of the Sun's rays.

'We have some light scattered, red light scattered, a red glow for about an hour and 20 mins and an hour before that it gradually gets darker'.

January 31st, 2018 in the overnight hours is when you will need to look up in the sky to see the lunar eclipse with the added bonuses of a "Supermoon", "Blood Moon" and "Blue Moon".

Some of the best vantage points include the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour.

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