The full moon early Wednesday morning will combine three rare lunar events: a supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse. This happens once every two and a half years, Mr. Lada said. According to NASA, a blood moon is a moon that is crossing Earth's shadow, and therefore has a reddish tint.
It will be visible in large parts of the U.S., northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and Australia.
The eclipse happens all across the United States, but your best view will be if you're on the west coast.
Here's a play-by-play of what to expect. "So people have started calling that a blood moon".
As the sun lines up perfectly with the Earth and then moon for the eclipse, scientists will make observations from a telescope in Hawaii, while also collecting data from NASA's moon-circling Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in 2009.
First, the moon is called a supermoon because its elliptical orbit will be at its closest point to the Earth, known as perigee. Full Moon Occurs each month but this month is Extra special as we said, so we would see second Full Moon Tomorrow.
Main centres may struggle, however, with cloud expected around Auckland overnight and some high cloud - probably thick and significant - expected over Wellington and Christchurch. It's an all-sky event that in some ways rivals the awe-inspiring excitement of a total solar eclipse.
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Individually, the lunar events are commonplace. Hope for clear skies and follow this schedule to get the most out of this spectacular display of our nearest neighbor in the cosmos.
This is when the good part starts.
"It is estimated that that the moon will be 34% brighter and 14% bigger than its usual size and light", he maintained. The rest of the visible moon will retain its coloring.
Before we go into full sour-grapes mode, let's acknowledge that if there's a chance of seeing the full moon fade to red between 4:51 a.m. and 6:07 a.m. PT, it's definitely worth getting out of bed.
Boyle says because this is the second full moon of the month, it is also called the "Blue Moon". If you miss this one, the next total lunar eclipse visible in North America will be January 21, 2019.
The rare celestial event is actually three separate moon events occurring simultaneously in one night. And in reality, the moon won't be bloody, or blue, or even all that super.