The Super Blue Blood Moon: Everything you need to know

Lunar trifecta: Rare 'super blue blood moon' will light the sky this week

Lunar trifecta: Rare 'super blue blood moon' will light the sky this week

The world is all set to witness a rare phenomenon on Jan 31, the Super Blue Blood Moon.

The Super Moon aspect comes from the fact it will be the largest full moon we see all year, which means it will be about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

Because the sun will begin to rise minutes later, only the first few minutes of the eclipse will be visible.

So with Wednesday morning's eclipse, we'll have a combination of a super, blue and blood moon. Supermoon is a cool description, but it's not very rare, as one happens 4 to 6 times per year.

Wednesday's eclipse will begin at 2:51 a.m. when the moon begins to enter Earth's shadow. Just add 29.5 days, and that's another full moon exactly on January 31.

That is, if Seattle's weather obliges.

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Right after midnight, on January 31st, a sequence of lunar events can be observed. For an hour, half of the earth's population will see the moon in a coppery colour. The First goal is, it is the third supermoons of the series, and this is the time when the moon will pass closer to Earth in its orbit, which is known as Perigee. During a total eclipse, the shadow of the earth across the full moon gives the moon a reddish color.

Blue refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. The reason the moon looks so ominous during a lunar eclipse is because it's passing through the Earth's shadow, blocking out the Sun's light from illuminating the moon as it normally does. Of all full moons, only 3 percent are blue moons.

"I'm calling it the Super Bowl of moons", lunar scientist Noah Petro told the Associated Press on Monday from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

So the super-blue moon won't turn blue, but it will turn red. The mid-point in the eclipse occurs at 7:30 a.m.

The best way to see the eclipse is to find an unobscured view of the western horizon.

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