It is time to mark those calendars for a series of rare supermoons this January!
While witnessing one supermoon can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some, seeing three supermoons in just a few months is just mind-blowing. But what are the chances for such a rare occurrence? Though extremely rare, it is definitely possible.
According to a statement released by NASA, we will be able to see one of the Supermoons—a so-called Blue Moon—combined with a solar eclipse, making three special celestial moments in one night. Together, they make something NASA has referred to as the “super blue blood moon”.’
“You almost feel as though you could reach out, grab the glowing orb, and drop it into your coffee cup,” NASA said.
One of the three expected Supermoons already revealed itself in December, and the two remaining supermoons will occur this January 1st and 31st.
All of them will look much larger than normal—about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. And that will be caused by the fact that moon will be at perigee or the part of its oval-shaped orbit where it’s closest to the Earth.
“Sometimes the celestial rhythms sync up just right to wow us,” NASA said.
A “super blue blood moon” is a “supermoon”, a “blood moon”, and a “blue moon” all happening in one night.
“The January 31st supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the Pacific to Eastern Asia,” NASA said.
“The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth’s atmosphere,” NASA added.