Earth to see first blue moon eclipse since 1866

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Earth will witness its first blue moon total lunar eclipse in over a century at the end of January, 2018.

According to, east and central Asian countries in central, along with Indonesia, New Zealand and much of Australia, will get a quality view of the celestial event. Hawaii, Alaska and northwest Canada will also be able to witness it.

The last blue moon total lunar eclipse took place on March 31, 1866, reported, citing reference book Canon of Lunar Eclipses.

1. Depiction of lunar orbit and lunar eclipse
2. Blue moon lunation
3. Visibility on map

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Regular lunation, the moon's orbit of the earth, follows a 29-day cycle. This is why, in general, there is usually one full moon a month."

"The lunar eclipse on Jan. 31, 2018 will be extra special as it will be twinned with another lunar event."

"Blue moons occur when there are two full moons in a month, usually at the beginning and very end."

"On Jan. 31, the lunar eclipse at the end of January will coincide with a blue moon for the first time in 152 years."

"Much of Asia, Australasia and northwest America will get a quality view of the celestial event."

"Most of South America, Africa and Western Europe will not be able to see it."

"The rest of the world will have a limited view based on their location."

SOURCES: Space, NASA, Engadget