“Extra Special” blue moon will lighten the night sky over Merseyside

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Nasa has said that this month’s Supermoon will be “extra special”, as it will take place at the same time as a lunar eclipse.

Merseyside will be treated to the Supermoon event, however, the lunar eclipse will only be visible across America.

The Supermoon will also be special as it occurs during the second full moon of the month, also known as a blue moon.

It will be visible across the UK on January 31st if skies stay clear on Merseyside.

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The moon is usually about 238,000 miles away from Earth. But because its orbit isn’t a perfect circle, it sometimes gets much closer.

During January 31st it will be a mere 222,135 miles away from the Earth and will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

The next lunar eclipse that will be visible across Merseyside will be on the night of the 27th July.

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