Early Birds May View Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse super moon and blue moon are all expected to occur on Wednesday night

A lunar eclipse super moon and blue moon are all expected to occur on Wednesday night

So how can you see this once-in-a-lifetime moon? The last time a super moon, a blood moon and a blue moon all lined up on the same date was in 1866, just one year after the Civil War ended. With this alignment, the full moon is completely covered in Earth's shadow. "So there's a point where it comes closer to the Earth, and that happens every single month". This phenomenon is termed a super moon.

Have you ever wondered where the ice cream flavor Blue Moon got it's name?

It's the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a "blue moon".

"Sunlight from the sun bends around the Earth's atmosphere and coats the moon in a nice reddish glow", Parsons said. The farther west you live, the more of the eclipse you'll see.

"With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a "super blue blood" Moon".

The Illinois Valley will not see the entirety of the total eclipse, but as the moon sets Wednesday, some effects from the eclipse are expected to be noticeable.

Depending upon where you live in the US, your viewing times and experiences may differ.

Best time to view 6:15 a.m. -6:30 a.m.

The best time to view the moon with a reddish tint in the NY to D.C. area is around 6:48 a.m. Wednesday, according to NASA. The penumbra slightly darkens the Moon, though only a little. Most the time, it will not be the dark red-blood color, it usually looks more like a big peach.

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Baker says the blood moon signifies the completion of the lunar eclipse.

The super blue blood moon is set to take it's place in the sky tomorrow morning.

The first supermoon of the new year rises above the Vegas Strip on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. From Northern California, the northwest corner of Nevada, all of OR and Washington, the Idaho panhandle, as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and most of Alberta, the moon will set after it completely exits the Earth's dark - umbral shadow (6:08 a.m. PST, 7:08 a.m. MST).

Californians may have the best experience of all.

The moon will dip into Earth's shadow starting at 5:51 a.m. ET, but it won't exactly be noticeable until about 6:48 a.m. ET, when the moon enters the deeper part of the Earth's shadow.

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