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By : Oneindia Video Team
Published : January 04, 2018, 06:53
Duration : 01:55

Blue Moon : Rare total lunar eclipse to take place in January

The first eclipse of 2018 will be a rare total lunar eclipse that will take place in January. This rare eclipse will happen for the first time in over 150 years. The duration of the total phase is 77 minutes, with the moon tracking through the southern part of the Earth's shadow. After this year, the next time that a Blue Moon passes through Earth's umbra will be on December 31, 2028, and, after that, on January 31, 2037. Both of these eclipses will be total. There was a partial eclipse of a Blue Moon on December 31, 2009, but the last total eclipse of a Blue Moon is dated March 31, 1866.

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