None of these items is all that uncommon. What is uncommon is that they’re taking place all collectively on 1 day. According to NASA, the January 31 complete moon is unique for 3 causes: It’s the third in a series of supermoons, when the Moon is closest to Earth in its orbit – recognized as perigee – and about 14 % brighter than usual.
It’s also the second complete moon of the month, typically recognized as a ‘blue moon’. The super blue moon will pass via Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the correct place a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, recognized as a ‘blood moon’, explains NASA.
For individuals in the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, Australia or New Zealand, this lunar eclipse will take place in the evening following sunset on January 31. According to Suleiman al Busaidi, curator, PDO Planetarium, on Wednesday in Oman, the sun will set at five.53pm and the moon will rise two minutes just before sunset at five.51 pm.
“As the greatest eclipse (peak) will be around 5:31pm and total lunar eclipse ends at 6:08pm, we are going to observe the total lunar eclipse for around 15 minutes only,” he stated. “This will also be a blue moon, the second of two full moons in one calendar month,” he added.
The planetarium will be organising a stargazing occasion for the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday from four.30pm-7.30pm. Children aged 10-15 years will be in a position to participate in the Moon Phases 2018 workshop and also watch the show ‘Dawn of the Space Age’. The initial workshop will begin at 4pm in English and the second in Arabic at 5pm.
Information Source: Muscat Daily