China's chang'e-4 probe changes orbit to prepare for moon-landing

China probe readies to land on dark side of the Moon

China probe readies to land on dark side of the Moon

"Earth's air also scatters more shorter-wavelength light (in colors such as green or blue); what's left is the longer-wavelength, redder end of the spectrum", Space.com states on its website.

Unfortunately for those of us in North America, we won't be experiencing this solar eclipse either, but it will be visible over parts of South America, specifically Chile and Argentina. The universe is about to give you an exciting astronomical year.

When the Moon comes within 10 per cent of its closest possible distance to Earth (the perigee), it's classed as a Supermoon.

But first up we have the Super Blood Moon eclipse.

But that's not the only thing that will make this eclipse stand out.

China's Chang'e-4 probe has already entered a planned lunar orbit.

Others include the Eta Aquarids meteor shower - a shooting-star display made up of debris from Halley's Comet - in May, and the Perseid meteor shower in August.

You'll be able to catch the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse at around 9:12 p.m. PT on January 20 or at 12:12 a.m. ET on January 21. What makes 2019's shower spectacular is the new moon two days prior to the peak of the meteor shower - on May 4, 2019 - implying a darker sky on May 6.

"Unfortunately, the almost full moon will block out many of the meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show", the website says.

According to The Sky website, next month will kick off with the Quantrids meteor shower (Jan. 3-4), followed by a partial solar eclipse January 6. The complete lunar event, including the partial eclipses and total eclipse, will last for 3.5 hours. Starting at 5:30 a.m. EST (4:00 pm IST) on January 31, check out NASA's live feed of the moon on NASA TV and NASA Live or follow the NASA Moon Twitter account for live updates - and some incredible images along the way.

For the second time in two years, Mercury will make rare pass in front of the sun, NASA reports.

The last total lunar eclipse took place on July 27, though it wasn't visible in the US.

Stargazers will witness a trifecta of lunar events in the New Year - a total lunar eclipse, a super blood moon and a "wolf moon", a nickname for a full moon that appears in the middle of winter.

We hope you enjoy these awesome events to the fullest, but remember, NEVER look at the sun during any type of solar eclipse, as it could cause damage to your eyes. The eclipse will begin right at dawn and pass over the Arabian Peninsula and arc over areas of South Asia.

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