The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow. Now, sky watchers are preparing for an even rarer event this month: a blue moon total lunar eclipse. Most recently, Vancouver was treated to a stunning supermoon on the first day of 2018.
The Pacific Ocean will be turned towards the Moon at the time and the eclipse will take place during the middle of the night.
The estimated time for the event is during the middle of the night with visibility available in areas such as Central and Eastern Asia, New Zealand, Indonesia along with certain parts of Australia. It won't be visible from anywhere on the continental US but Alaska and Hawaii will see a partial view. Moonset will intervene for the rest of North and Central America. As per reports, moon's lower half shall be visible brighter than the upper half.
The month's second full moon on January 31 is known as a blue moon.
But know that these names can make an event like this sound more dramatic than it appears - it won't be anything like the total solar eclipse of 2017. The loyal satellite appears about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at its furthest point from Earth, according to NASA.
The peak of the shower was January 3, a waning full moon may interfere with observing these meteors, NASA stated.
Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth. This is a common term for the second full moon in a month.
The moon orbits around Earth in what is called an ellipse, keeping an average distance from Earth of about 238,000 miles. As skywatchers witness Supermoon, Blue Moon and a Total Lunar Eclipse all at the same time, the phenomenon called "Super Blue Blood Moon" occurs. 2018 will be special, however, with a second blue moon on March 31st of this year.
NASA offers advice on when to look out for this super blue blood moon. With that being said, the event is still very rare.