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Monday, January 22, 2018

A Trio of Amazing Moon Events in January 2018

According to and elsewhere, this month provides a few spectacular moon sighting opportunities for avid selenographers (studiers of the moon), astronomers/stargazers, night owls, and early birds alike. Occurring on January 31st, a Total Lunar Eclipse will be "visible from anywhere it is nighttime." In many places, the timing is somewhat narrow because the moon will set below the horizon less than several hours after the eclipse's commencement. At least in the United States, hours of viewing are only ideal for people who are awake right before dawn, anywhere from 4 AM to 7 AM local time. Details of the total lunar eclipse — and also of this month's Supermoon (moon appears larger) and Blue Moon (second full moon of the month) — are provided from, linked below.

Super Blue Blood-Moon 2018: When, Where and How to See It This Month (↗)

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula