Looking to end the first month of the year with a bang? The universe has conspired for sky gazers like you.
On January 31, a “super moon,” a “blue moon,” and a “red moon” are happening all at once.
The rare super blue blood moon is special for three reasons, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It is the third in a series of “supermoons” over the past month, when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and is about 14 percent brighter than usual. It is also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon passing through the Earth’s shadow will also put viewers in the right location for a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow, it will take on a reddish tint known as a “blood moon.”
The unique phenomenon’s last occurrence was recorded more than 150 years ago, back in 1866. Lucky for us, various astronomy-loving groups in the Philippines are hosting viewing parties to bear witness to the historic sight.
The Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc. released a list of observing stations open to the public and with zero cost. Here are the hosting groups and the corresponding venues:
- Rizal Park in Luneta by the Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc.
- San Beda College by the Bedan Society of Young Astronomers
2. Quezon City
- Manila Observatory in Ateneo De Manila University by the Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc.
- SM North EDSA by the Manila Street Astronomers
- PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in University of the Philippines – Diliman by the UP Astronomical Society
3. San Juan
- Pinaglabanan Shrine by the Manila Street Astronomers
- Alabang Town Center by the Manila Street Astronomers
- SunTech iPark Lancaster Square New City in Imus by Astronomy and Physics Society
- Sampaloc Lake Park, Bonifacio Statue in San Pablo by Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc.
- Carabao Park in University of the Philippines Los Baños by UPLB Astronomical Society
- Lakefront, Kapusod, Kinalagagan, Mataasnakahoy, Batangas by Kapusod in cooperation with Philippine Astronomical Society
- Indiana Aerospace University Sports Arena by IAU Astronomical Society
- Abreeza Ayala Mall by Davao Stargazers
The moon will rise at around 5:42 p.m. while the eclipse will begin at 6:49 p.m. It will end at 12:09 a.m. Provided that skies are clear over Manila, the super blue blood moon’s totality will become visible at 9:29 p.m.
Photo from Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc.