NEW DELHI: A rare total lunar eclipse will occur on January 31 for the first time in more than 150 years. This will be the second full moon of the month, also called ‘Blue Moon’ and the first eclipse in the new year. The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are in perfect alignment, covering the moon with the shadow of the Earth, says NASA. In the total lunar eclipse, direct sunlight is completely blocked by the shadow of the earth. The total phase of this lunar eclipse, also known as the “Blood Moon”, will be visible in large parts of the US. UU., Northeast Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and Australia.
What will you see during the total lunar eclipse
The moon will appear orange and may also look dark red.
Lunar eclipse times in India
The duration of the total lunar eclipse will be 76 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth’s shadow. In India it would begin at 6.21 p.m. on January 31, 2018 and will be visible until 7.37 p.m.
For the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be under way as the moon rises.
Total lunar eclipse around the world
The Pacific Ocean will turn towards the Moon at that time and the eclipse will take place during the middle of the night. Central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will get a beautiful view of this lunar show in the night sky. Alaska, Hawaii and northwest Canada will see the eclipse from beginning to end. However, the staging will intervene for the rest of North and Central America.
Next total lunar eclipses
After this year, the total lunar eclipses will be on December 31, 2028 and, later, on January 31, 2037.
Previous lunar eclipses
A partial eclipse of eight percent on December 31, 2009, but the last total eclipse of a Blue Moon occurred all the way back on March 31, 1866