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The Super Blue Blood Moon is visible Wednesday morning

Jan 30, 2018

Tomorrow morning, before sunrise, there will be three events happening in the sky at the same time.

The Moon takes on a reddish hue during a lunar eclipse.
Credit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Geronimo Villanueva, NASA scientist, says the most interesting of the three is the lunar eclipse, where the Earth will cover the sun on the moon. 

Villanueva says the moon will go from being there to disappearing right in front of you.  It will eventually turn red in color because of the eclipse. 

He says the second thing that’s going to happen is the super moon, where the moon will be 30% brighter than normal. 

And finally, tomorrow’s moon is a blue moon.  Villanueva explains this means it’s the second full moon to occur in a calendar month, which doesn’t happen very often.  

If you want to see the Super, Blue Blood Moon though, you’ll have to get up early.

"You should just go two hours before sunrise and look to the west.  The moon is going to be huge, beautiful. That picture is going to be great.  Then you will see it will disappear in front of you. The sun will be eaten up by our own planet, the shadow.  And then it will completely disappear and the moment it fully disappears, it will look red.  And that transition is a beautiful sight.  So it will be like a dance of bodies in the sky at the same time.”

Villanueva says the three events will not happen together again until 2037.   

More information is available at NASA.gov/moon.