A unique lunar event is set to occur on this week, as a Super Blue Blood Moon will be appearing in the sky during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The phenomenon is a combination for three unique lunar events that are happening at the same time. The first is the super moon, wherein the moon is closer to the Earth in its orbit, and it appears much larger and brighter than the usual full moon. The super moon is estimated to be 14 percent brighter than a regular full moon.
Secondly, the upcoming full moon will the second one for the month of January, which is commonly referred to as a blue moon. The first full moon of the month occurred on Jan. 1. The instance of two full moons occurring in a single month happens only once every 2.7 years.
Finally, there will be a lunar eclipse, wherein the moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow. The upcoming event will involve a total lunar eclipse, which means that the moon be completely covered by the Earth’s shadow for some time. When this happens, the bright moon turns to a reddish-copper color while the Earth’s shadow is cast upon it, leading to a phenomenon called the Blood Moon.
While each event are not that common to begin with, the combination of all three is much rarer. This will be the first time in over 150 years that these three lunar events are coinciding.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be covering the rare event and will have a life feed of the Moon broadcasted on NASA TV and the agency’s website. The coverage will begin at 5:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday.
Those located in the West Coast of the United States will have a better view of the lunar trifecta, as they will see the maximum amount of the lunar eclipse.