Local photographers click the first super moon of the year

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It will be a blood moon, a Supermoon and a total lunar eclipse - all on one night.

Since the moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles farther from Earth than the other (perigee). The moon rotates around the Earth every 27.322 days, and we get a new full moon approximately every 29.5 days (those numbers don't match exactly due to elliptical orbits).

It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon.

The last time two blue moons occurred within a year was 19 years ago, said Mok Li Hui, a Science Educator at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS).

The new year started strong in terms of astronomical events. India's Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is scheduled to launch in March-that nation's first attempt at a landing mission, with a stationary lander and a rover created to last two weeks (one lunar day) on the surface.

How unusual are Blue Moon eclipses?

The first one is, just like at the beginning of the month, a supermoon.

A blue moon has nothing to do with colour but instead is the name given to the second full moon in a single month. The moon will appear bigger and brighter in the sky.

This NASA chart by eclipse expert Fred Espenak details the visibility range and times for the January 31, 218 total lunar eclipse, which also occurs during a blue moon and near a supermoon. This usually happens about every 2.7 years, though because February has only 28 days, a number of regions will get another blue moon in March 2018. The event will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, which is called a "blood moon" because of the reddish color people see during the eclipse.

"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", according to NASA. Heading farther west into western Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the moon rises.

Because of the timing, you'll need to look at the right moment on the 31st.

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