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Sky gazers, don't miss the super blue moon lunar eclipse Wednesday morning

Sky gazers, don't miss the super blue moon lunar eclipse Wednesday morning

There's only going to be a brief window to observe the total lunar eclipse because the moon will being setting shortly after 7 a.m.

For that second full moon in a month to fall into eclipse is even more rare; the last time that took place was on March 31, 1866.

The National Planetarium in a statement said several telescopes will be provided for observing the lunar eclipse.

Alas, the most notable part of the event will prove disappointing to Lehigh Valley folk and others on the East Coast who head out at 6:45 a.m. for a look, Gary Becker of Moravian wrote in his StarWatch column.

In the United States, the best viewing (total lunar eclipse) will be in the Western states.

During this kind of eclipse, the moon moves fully into Earth's dark shadow, making the natural satellite glow with a creepy red pallor for those lucky enough to see it. As light is scattered away and refracted by our atmosphere during the lunar eclipse, most of the colors are filtered out, leaving us with a reddish "blood moon". A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth into its umbra. East coast residents may still be able to see the blood moon, but it will not be as impressive due to the lack of darkness at the time of the event.

The eclipse will last nearly 3½ hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:48 a.m. PT until it ends at 7:12 a.m. PT, according to.

Albertans wanting to see one can just look west early Wednesday morning without any kind of help or protection.

A supermoon is a full moon that is closest in its orbit to the Earth.

The second phenomenon which makes the moon a "Blue Moon" is that it is the second full moon of January, the first occurred on January 2.

"For the [CONTINENTAL] US, the viewing will be best in the west", said Gordon Johnston, programme executive and lunar blogger at Nasa. "The overall eclipse ends at 12.08 midnight on Feb 1", he explained. Since the total eclipse happens right at moonset, it may be hard for people in western Kentucky to see it.

What is a full moon?

There are usually a couple of lunar eclipses each year so if you do miss it this time around, the next one will happen on July 27 - though it won't be visible in North America.

But, he said, "that's just the way the sky did it".

A blue moon seen in the night skyWhat is the difference between a supermoon and a blue moon?

What time is the lunar eclipse in Australia?

It will be visible before sunrise on 31 January from western North America, and because of the global date line, after sunset on 31 January from central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia.

"Sometimes they call it the blood moon", Florian said.