On January 2017, we’ll see the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in nearly 152 years

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Central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will get a fine view of this moon show in the evening sky. Alaska, and northwestern Canada will see the eclipse from start to finish. Moonset will intervene for the rest of North and Central America, however.  Along the U.S. West Coast, the total phase begins at 4:51 a.m. PST.

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The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth’s shadow. After this year, the next time that a Blue Moon passes through Earth’s umbra will be on Dec. 31, 2028, and, after that, on Jan. 31, 2037. Both of these eclipses will be total. Before 2017, a total eclipse of a Blue Moon was on March 31, 1866  A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth. Since the Moon’s orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles (50,000 km) farther from Earth than the other (perigee).

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