A unique phenomenon that humans will be able to observe "blood moon"

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The moon rose just shy of full on New Year's Eve, promising a supermoon early in 2018. This upcoming supermoon is the third in a trilogy - the brightest was the recent January 1 supermoon.

The moon can also look bigger if it is close to the horizon. Moon Express has said it wants to start launching in 2018, with Astrobotic and other companies not far behind.

First, it's a Supermoon, meaning that it will appear larger and as much as 30 per cent brighter than normal. Here's a handy animation from NASA's visualization team showing the changing face of the moon-with all its wobbles and lighting phases-throughout the coming year. 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.

Total lunar eclipse On the night of January 31, Filipinos will enjoy two rare occurrences - a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse. In fact, the display only occurs about once every 2 and a half years.

Three celestial events will overlap with one another at the end of the month to light up the night sky in a way that hasn't been seen in over 150 years.

The spectacular New Year's day supermoon has proved itself to be merely a warm up for the main event which will happen later in the month.

The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill
The 'wolf moon' over Mt Cargill

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon enters the darkest part of the earth's shadow, called the umbra.

NASA has announced that the supermoon at the end of the month will feature a total lunar eclipse.

On January 31, some U.S-based stargazers will also be treated to a total lunar eclipse.

How unusual are Blue Moon eclipses?

The super blue blood moon eclipse will be visible anywhere that it's night-time, although some regions of the globe will only be able to see a partial eclipse.

A full moon, known as the Blue Moon is seen over Loosely Row, near Princes Risborough, southeast England, July 31, 2015.

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