TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE ON JANUARY 31, 2018
POSTED ON JANUARY 4, 2018
Prepare for this one total lunar eclipse. It will be visible in the Philippines during early evening when most people are still awake. According to the timetable given in https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/philippines/manila, the totality of the eclipse will be at 8:51 pm. The eclipse will last until 11:11 pm. However, the eclipse begins at 6:51 pm. And the Moon will begin getting redder by 7:48 pm. By 10:07, the Moon will begin its exit from the Earth’s shadow.
The Moon will be 366,488.87 kilometers away from Earth during this eclipse. It is about 20,000 kilometers closer to us than average. This will make the Moon obviously bigger than an ordinary full moon. This will be the second Supermoon this January of 2018. On January 1 we saw the Moon being only 363,299.52 km away. The second Supermoon will also be a Blue Moon which is the name given to the second full moon in any given month. This lunar eclipse is rare. The last total eclipse of a Blue Moon happened 150 years ago. In comparison, the Full Moon on September 6, 2017, the Moon was 384,611.80 kilometers from us, and on August 7, 2017, it was 395,776.28 kilometers away.
The Moon during the January 31 eclipse will be in the constellation Cancer. According to the Sky and Telescope (http://www.skyandtelescope.com), “Look around the sky during totality. Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, will be some 20° left of the eclipsed Moon. The Beehive Cluster (M44) will be around 5° upper right of the Moon.”