Super Blue Blood Moon observation at National Planetarium

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Those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand should look for it in the evening, as the moon rises. Every now and then, the cosmos align just right to give us a few supermoons in a row, with our last supermoon earlier in the month and the one before it in December.

All three. One morning.

About the same time next year, Monday, Jan. 21, another total lunar eclipse will traverse the Tucson sky that can been seen from start to finish.

A blue moon occurs when there are two full moons in a calendar month, about once every two or three years.

For the first time in the Americas in more than 150 years, a blue moon, supermoon and lunar eclipse will fall on the same night! The dark area of the Moon is, in effect, the shadow of the Moon itself. This means that it will appear slightly larger and therefore slightly brighter than normal.

"That red light you see is sunlight that has skimmed and bent through Earth's atmosphere and continued on through space to the moon", said Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine.

Clouds also could obstruct your view.

"We are glad to help children in case they need any equipment to see the celestial event", said N. Raghunandan Kumar.

"This is also the second full moon of January which makes it a blue moon, and it's also one of the more closer full moons of the year so, some people might even be calling it a so-called supermoon as well".

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Late on Wednesday night, stargazers in some parts of the country will be able to feast their eyes on a total lunar eclipse, coinciding with both a supermoon and a blue moon.

"There's nothing unsafe about it".

The Super Moon seen from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

It should be a handsome sight, he says.

Weather permitting, go out on the morning of January 31, and you can watch orbital motion in action as the shadow of the Earth sweeps across the face of the Moon. As the eclipse progresses, the moon will gradually move farther to the north and will set at west-northwest (292.5 degrees).

"Other activities include quizzes on the lunar eclipses", he explained.

The sun, the Earth and the moon neatly line up during a lunar eclipse.

The total eclipse will begin at 6:48 a.m.

The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, will live stream the eclipse beginning 5:45 a.m. (1045 GMT) until 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT). The eclipse will peak at 5:29 a.m., with the total eclipse ceasing at 6:07 a.m. and the partial eclipse ending at 7:11 a.m.

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