Super, Blue Blood Moon combines three different lunar spectacles into one

  • Super, Blue Blood Moon combines three different lunar spectacles into one

Super, Blue Blood Moon combines three different lunar spectacles into one

It's rare, but when you see a second full moon in the same month, that's called a "blue moon". A super moon is a moon which passes as close as possible to the earth, making it 14% brighter than normal.

While Floridians will be able to catch a glimpse, Hochhalter recommended heading to the beach to get the best experience. There will also be a full lunar eclipse occurring as the moon enters the shadow of the earth, essentially cutting off the sunlight that reflects off the moon.

Idaho is gearing up for a Super Blue Blood Moon on Wednesday, though the name might be a bit misleading. But because the lunar month - the time between two new moons - averages 29.530589 days, which is shorter than most months (with the exception of February), some years have 13 full moons, Live Science previously reported.

A super moon happens when the moon is at a point in its orbit where it is closer to earth.

In the Midwest, the phenomenon will begin at 4:51 a.m. CST, according the New York Times.

McCurdy said that it would likely be tough to see the eclipse in the Edmonton region as it's supposed to be cloudy Wednesday.

For those hoping to see something happen, but not the whole event, be outside around 6:30 a.m.

A lunar eclipse, super moon and blue moon are all expected to occur on Wednesday night, with Australia one of the places lucky enough to get the best view of the stunning event.

Finally, the blood moon refers to the color the moon turns during a total lunar eclipse. However, it will not be accompanied by a blue moon like this time.

The lunar eclipse, which takes place when the moon passes in the Earth's shadow, will last nearly three and a half hours. According to NASA, a blood moon is a moon that is crossing Earth's shadow, and therefore has a reddish tint.

The penumbral eclipse starts at 2:51 a.m. PST and the partial eclipse starts at 3:48 a.m.; nearly an hour later, at 4:51 a.m. PST, the total phase starts and lasts until 5:29 a.m. PST.

The partial lunar eclipse starts in Richmond at 5:51am tomorrow, reaching its max around 7:10am, and ending around 7:13am at moon set.

Lunar eclipses can be viewed without telescopes, from an open space.

But anyone in the British Isles hoping to see a lunar eclipse will have to jump on an aeroplane.