Eyes in the sky for 'super blue blood moon'

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A blue moon, supermoon, blood moon and lunar eclipse will combine on January 31 giving way to what NASA is calling the "super blue blood moon". This is the first lunar occultation of the year and is special as it will overlap three different lunar events that include a blue moon, a super moon and a #Blood Moon. NASA has said that people all across the globe - if you have access to the internet - will still be able to view the entire show wherever they are.

The astronomical spectacle projected for Wednesday morning happens once in a blue moon.

The best way to view the "super blue moon eclipse" is to wake up early and travel to an open space free of buildings and light pollution.

The moon in total eclipse will be visible to Astronomers in the western U.S., Canada, Australia, and Asia. More specifically, a full moon, a total lunar eclipse, a blue moon that will look reddish, and a supermoon.

What do you get when you cross a blue moon with a lunar eclipse?

The eclipse will be visible for almost four hours, according to NASA, but it will only be visible in totality for an hour and 43 minutes. The earth will be directly between the sun and the moon early Wednesday morning. When the moon comes in the shadow of the Earth it is called a lunar eclipse.

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"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". Not only is the atmosphere smog free but after the recent snowfall the skies have become clearer offering an uninterrupted view.

The entire celestial event will be webcast live by worldwide space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) starting at 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT).

The Earth's atmosphere will filter out nearly all of the visible light, which is all the colors of the rainbow, except for orange and red, which is why the moon will appear reddish-orange.

Th lunar eclipse will begin at 5:48 a.m. Wednesday, give our take a couple of minutes depending on your exact location.

A supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its' elliptical orbit.

Central and western parts of the United States, though, will have a much better show. The moon will be officially full at 8:26 a.m. Wednesday. Slooh spokespeople will narrate the progress of our satellite beginning 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT), offering lunar science and mythology.

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