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Celestial trifecta: Super Blue Blood Moon coming Wednesday

30 Janvier 2018

It truly is a celestial triple threat!

March also will feature two full moons during its 31 days, but there will be no full moon in February.

As the moon sets in the morning sky, more and more of the moon will become redder and redder.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between and the sun and moon and the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

There's a special "super blue blood moon" coming january 31 that is unique for a few reasons! Staff will have telescopes available so friends and family can get a closer look at the moon. So it's not going to be as bright. This will lead to the moon taking on a little bit of an orange or reddish tint. You can even use this interactive map to check the timing of the eclipse with regard to your specific location. This happens five to six times a year. But here's where the super moon and the blue moon come in and elevate this lunar event to a true rarity.

A supermoon happens when the moon is full as its orbit takes it closest to the earth.

And this super blood moon is an extra special occasion because it's blue too. 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. This is not related to colour in any way but happens once every two-and-a-half years.

Actually, this Blue Moon will be red. This partial eclipse starts at 5:48 a.m. CST and will continue until the moon sets at 6:50 a.m. CST.

It occurs when Earth blocks sunlight making Moon completely dark. The eclipse will end at 9.38 PM.

The eclipse will be visible best in the western half of the USA and Canada before the moon sets early Wednesday, and across the Pacific into Asia as the moon rises Wednesday night.

With the moon setting, make sure you have a non-obstructed view of the western sky. And so if you're over there on the West Coast, you're in a good spot.

The lack of any clouds should lead to ideal viewing conditions. The current weather forecast for Denver calls for partly cloudy skies.

Celestial trifecta: Super Blue Blood Moon coming Wednesday