Lunar eclipse will be visible just before sunrise Wednesday

While it will be hard for those living on the east coast to see the "blood" part of this super blue blood moon, it's still a great chance to witness the beauty of the moon.

A lunar eclipse is very similar to the solar eclipse that we experienced this summer except now it is the Earth blocking the sun's light from reaching the moon. And blood moons, also known as total lunar eclipses, take place about twice a year when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow, turning it an eerie, copper-hued color. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. This phenomenon was the genesis for the phrase "once in a blue moon".

A super moon occurs when the full moon is closer to earth, appearing bigger and about 14 percent brighter than normal.

Of course, not everyone is going to have difficulty sleeping during a full moon. A supermoon is a particularly close full or new moon, appearing somewhat brighter and bigger.

The eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are in line with each other.

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Those living in the western United States, Australia and eastern Asia have the best chance at seeing the total event.

To see how the eclipse will play out where you are, check out this site. At 4:51 a.m., totality will begin, with the best viewing between about 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. local time.

"When the Moon looks 10 to 15% larger than it would be a smaller one, the change is considerable and can be seen with the naked eye", said Diego.

Fans of the lunar calendar will be pumped for January 31, when a rare celestial event is set to grace our skies.

"With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a "super blue blood" Moon".

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Early tomorrow morning, the Texas sky will play host to three phenomena that haven't coincided over North America in more than 150 years.

What makes this evening more interesting, is the fact that Super Moon and the Blue Moon are coinciding with a Total Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday, i.e. 31 January. "Again, you'll have more success if you can go to a high place with a clear view to the West".

Beatty is also impressed that this year will have two blue moons, the one on Wednesday and one on March 31, while February gets no full moon.

If you live in North America, Alaska or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on Wednesday, the USA space agency says.

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  • Israel Montgomery