Lunar eclipse is set to take place January 31

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"It is going to be a historical moment because it is a coincidence when blue moon, red moon and full lunar eclipse will take place at the same time and on the same date", said chief Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Dr Ghulam Rasul told The Express Tribune on Saturday. This situation happens quite often - a couple times per year. If you can't go out to see it, or clouds obscure your view, NASA TV plans to broadcast the entire event.

In the evening hours, after sunset, on January 31, comes the biggest moon event since we landed on it - and the strangest lunar news ever.

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So if you're on the West Coast, the "super blue blood moon" may be worth waking up early for. The intensity of the red color varies by how directly the shadow falls on the moon. The moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse. The moon will be up to 14% larger than normal and significantly brighter than normal all night.

The moon's orbit is tilted by about 5 degrees relative to the earth's orbit.

On top of it all, the January 31 full moon is also a considered a blue moon. It only corresponds to about a 10 percent difference in size. You can decide for yourself how impressive that is. The previous year to have two blue moons was 1999. the next is 2037. The well-known idiom actually refers to the rare instance when there is a second full moon in a calendar month.

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Finally, this full moon will also be a "blood" moon. Mathematically, there are about 29.5 days between full moons, so a blue moon only occurs once every 2.7 years, according to astronomy and mathematics.

According to information available online, the name Blue Moon has nothing to do with its colour. With no major volcanic eruptions in progress, I suspect this eclipse will be on the orange side.

Why is this such a big deal?

Because the sun lies directly behind Earth, it refracts, or bends light. The light is bent ever-so-slightly so that the red light converges on a point 200,000 miles away. The moon doesn't travel in a circle around the earth, but rather travels in an egg shape. What's not to be fascinated by? "Tides that happen when the moon is full and near perigee [occur] about three to four times per year", said Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. "For this eclipse, much of the USA will be racing against sunrise". The moon starts entering the Earth's umbra, the darkest part of Earth's shadow, at 4:48 a.m. MST.

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The moon will only just start dipping into the Earth's outer shadow - called the penumbra - before it sets for people on the East Coast. That means there were people who lived and died on this Earth without ever having had a chance to see this phenomenon, which won't reappear again for another decade. If you are living in Antarctica right now, you're out of luck.

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