Super Blue Blood Moon Visible Early Wednesday Morning

Super Blue Blood Moon Visible Early Wednesday Morning

A "Blue Moon" is when there's a second full moon in a month.

Locally, our moon sets around 8:00 A.M. Wednesday, so we'll get to see it in it's full red glory for around 10-15 minutes.

The next super blue blood moon anywhere won't be until New Year's Eve on December 2028, according to NASA.

The west coast will have the best view in the USA, according to reports.

In much of the rest of the world, the full moon will also glow red, making it a super blue blood moon, because it will pass through earth's shadow in an eclipse. The next super blue moon won't be until next January.

The trifecta hasn't occurred in 35 years, and scientists say it won't happen again until 2037.

The reddish tint - or blood moon - happens due to "the effect of all the sunrises and sunsets all around the planet reflecting off the moon, which I think is really lovely", said NASA astrophysicist Michelle Thaller. Wednesday's moon will be the second closest of 2018 after the one on New Year's Day.

The Moon will enter the outer part of Earth's shadow at 5:51 a.m. EST, but it reportedly won't be all that noticeable. It's caused by light bending around the Earth because of gravity passing around a portion of the atmosphere, more commonly known as a lunar eclipse.

NASA also states that unlike an eclipse of the sun, which often requires viewers to make a long journey to the path of totality, eclipses of the moon can be observed from one's own backyard.

At 5:51 a.m., you should start to see the outer shadow of the moon will start to pass, turning a bit red and becoming slightly dimmer, "if you're insane enough to get up that early", McDowell said.

A rare celestial occurrence called a "Super Blue Blood Moon" will be visible on January 31, 2018. And a lunar eclipse is when the moon is darkened by the Earth's shadow. Blue moon, however, does not refer to the moon's color (no the moon will not be purple tomorrow morning).

If your alarm gets snoozed too many times and you miss the big show, you can still catch coverage of the event from the Slooh observatory which will host a live webcast with plenty of useful insights following the moon's dazzling display.

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