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31 January 2018, 08:43 | Shelley Chandler
A Super Blue Blood Moon coming Wednesday
But here's where the supermoon and the blue moon come in and elevate this lunar event to a true rarity. That will be the peak of the lunar eclipse and when the moon will have a reddish color. Although supermoons, lunar eclipses and blue moons are each relatively common on their own, it's very rare that they all take place on the same night, and the last time all of them occurred simultaneously in the Western Hemisphere was in 1866. This full moon is a "supermoon".
View the extraordinary blue moon here. Midway through Wednesday's eclipse, the moon will be even farther away - 223,820 miles (360,200 kilometres) - but still within unofficial supermoon guidelines. A supermoon, on the other hand, occurs when the moon reaches its closest distance to Earth in its orbit and therefore, appears a little bigger and brighter than usual. "Usually I don't get to do too much during [campus events] because I'm sort of the organizer, but I hope to get some pictures of [the super blue blood moon]", he said. This makes the Moon appear 14% larger and upto 30% brighter in the evening sky. When the entire disc of the moon crosses the darker shadow, the eclipse is known as a total lunar eclipse. However, you might still feel tired and even experience headaches because of the lunar eclipse.
If you have a good, unobstructed view of the western horizon, though, you should be able to enjoy the sight starting at 5:48 a.m. when the partial eclipse begins. You've of course heard the term "once in a blue moon", which is a nod to its rarity. The super blue moon will pass through Earth's shadow and take on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon. The eclipse will be at its maximum at 5:29 a.m.
A lunar eclipse is when the sun, Earth, and moon form a straight line - with the moon passing through the shadow of the Earth. The instance of two full moons occurring in a single month happens only once every 2.7 years.
If you're willing to wake up early Wednesday morning, a cosmic combination 150 years in the making awaits. Unlike solar eclipses, which can only be seen from specific places, lunar eclipses are visible from any place that is on Earth's nightside when they occur. Totality will last more than an hour, according to NASA.
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