The full moon is when the Moon appears fully illuminated when observed from the Earth. When two full moons happen in the same calendar month, it is termed a `Blue Moon'
Come on January 31 at the Priyadarshini Planetarium and you can witness a rare celestial event – three-in-one moon.
On January 31, one can see witness the supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse after a gap of 150 years. All arrangements with telescopes and awareness sessions will be made at Priyadarshini Planetarium housed in the Kerala Science and Technology Museum(KSSTM) campus here in the city to witness the event.
“It is a rare three-in-one moon with supermoon, blue moon and a lunar eclipse on this Jan 31 after a gap of 150 years. Before this, earlier such event occurred on March 31, 1866. Though observers can have a glimpse of the rare celestial phenomenon with the naked eye in the evening on Jan 31, we are also making arrangements for the interested to observe the event through telescopes. It can be viewed only partially through a telescope, yet it will be ready. Before that an awareness class will be held with an astrophysicist from 4 pm onwards, then after a tea break, the sky observation will begin and the visitors can enjoy the moon after sunset,” KSSTM director Arul Jerald Prakash told TOI.
The total lunar eclipse would end at 7.37 pm and then it will be a partial lunar eclipse at 8.41 pm as the moon will emerge out of the darkness and will be visible. When the moon’s orbit around the earth comes to the closest by 90 percent to the perigee point of 3.56 lakh km from the earth, it is called Supermoon. The Sun, moon and earth are in a single line or aligned, it coincides with a full moon.
The full moon is when the Moon appears fully illuminated when observed from the Earth. When two full moons happen in the same calendar month, it is termed a `Blue Moon’
Following that, blue moons would occur on October 31, 2020, August 31, 2023, May 31, 2026, December 31, 2028, September 30, 2031, July 31, 2034, and on Jan 31, 2037.