Early Wednesday morning, there will be a full moon, a total lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon. These occurrences are not individually unusual. What is incredible is that they’re all happening together on the same day — tomorrow, Jan 31.
Set to hit the central part of the United States around 6:15 to 6:30 a.m., the super blood blue moon is worth getting up early to see.
According to the New York Times:
“The celestial event is known as a ‘blood moon’ and it occurs as the moon slides behind Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse. Unlike last summer’s solar eclipse — where the moon momentarily blocked out the sun — a lunar eclipse is when Earth moves in between the sun and the moon. For half the planet, the cosmic alignment will turn the moon a coppery color for just over an hour.
Lunar eclipses are not uncommon, but the coincidence of Wednesday’s blood moon with other astronomical events is what makes this event special. First, because it is a “blue moon” — that means it is the second full moon to occur in a month. Also, it is a supermoon, meaning it will be closer to the Earth than usual, but the difference in size is hardly noticeable.”