Could this also be the year that commercial moon missions, with help from NASA, finally get off the ground?
The first lunar Eclipse in the new 2018 will happen in January: 31 number of earthlings will be able to see the "bloody moon" at the time of closest approach of the Earth from its natural satellite. In fact, the display only occurs about once every 2 and a half years.
The next total lunar eclipse this year will occur on 28 July and will be a micro moon, which occurs when a full moon or new moon coincides with the point in the moon's orbit farthest away from Earth. About four weeks prior to the occurrence of the supermoon, a "cold moon" supermoon rose in the evening on December 3.
That would make this a lifetime spectacle considering it is a ' super blue blood moon'.
Supermoon is a term used to describe when the moon is full and closest to the Earth, appearing 15% brighter and 30% larger than a regular full moon.
The moon is going to be a spectacular sight on January 31.
You can see if your location will be one of those witnessing a total eclipse on this EarthSky map.
A "blue" moon has nothing to do with color. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". The blue moon will actually be seen red at some areas, because of the total lunar eclipse which can give the moon a red tinge, giving it the name blood moon. "But it's another great chance to watch the moon". "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on the agency's website.