New Delhi: The first Lunar eclipse of the year will occur on Wednesday (31 January). This time it will be a rare coincidence of a blue moon and a super full moon.
The full moon on that day happens to be the second full moon of the calendar month of January, termed a blue moon. The eclipse will begin as a partial eclipse from 17.18 PM and will continue up to 20.42 PM.
The total eclipse will start from 1821 PM and will end at 1938 PM. The duration of the eclipse will be 3 hours and 24 minutes and the duration of totality will be 1 hour and 17 minutes.
The total phase of this lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon, will be visible in large parts of US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia.
Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth if the sky is clear. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.
For residents of North America or the Hawaiian Islands, this lunar eclipse will be visible in your sky before sunrise on 31 January.
On the other hand, for the residents of the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, Australia or New Zealand, this lunar eclipse will happen in the evening hours after sunset on 31 January.