How and when to watch Wednesday's 'super blue blood moon'

The January 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it's the third in a series of "supermoons", and about 14 percent brighter than usual. So about every 2½ years, a second full moon, or blue moon, occurs in a calendar month, Testin said.

Stages of the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon" (weather permitting) are depicted in Pacific Time with "moonset" times for major cities across the US, which affect how much of the event viewers will see. While in earth's shadow, the moon will take a red hew, also known as a "blood moon". Thus, after a gap of 150 years, blue moon, blood moon and super moon are set to occur at the same time.

Although parts of the lunar eclipse will be seen across North America, "people get a better and better show closer to the west coast", he says.

He further explained that a super moon has an effect on the height of tides but has no correlation or effect on Mayon Volcano's eruption. "Instead of this little, tiny shadow of the moon on the Earth, you have this big shadow of the Earth covering up the tiny moon".

Last month, Jay Reynolds, research astronomer at Cleveland State University, told FOX 8, "Clouds forbidding, we can easily view this progression till about 30 minutes before sunrise, which occurs about 7:30 a.m".

In some parts of Australia, Wednesday night's full moon will also be a blue moon, which has nothing to do with the colour blue. The first supermoon of the month appeared on 1 January, which was the second member of a trilogy that started with last month's supermoon and will end with the one on 31 January.

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So, there you have it: a blood moon, a super moon, and a blue moon all at once. If you miss this one, set your alarm for the next blue moon total lunar eclipse, which will take place on December 31, 2028.

Blue moons occur about once every 2.7 years, according to Space.com, so they aren't almost as rare as one might think. We have no full moon in February this year, but will have another Blue Moon in March. If not you are missing out on one of the most spectacular sights you could ever hope to see. The next total lunar eclipse visible across North America will occur January 21, 2019.

It's a rare astronomical trifecta Wednesday morning. The earth will be directly between the sun and the moon early Wednesday morning.

A full moon happens when the Sun is directly illuminating the whole visible side of the Moon.

The best way to view the "super blue moon eclipse" is to wake up early and travel to an open space free of buildings and light pollution.

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