We’re in for a treat tonight as when a total lunar eclipse is scheduled during a blue moon AND a super moon, creating the best phrase I’ve ever heard… “a super blue blood moon”
The last time these three lunar events happened at the same time was in 1982 and it won’t happen again until 2037, so you’d better plan your night around it because it’s a rare one. You can look forward to a seriously big ol’ moon with a remarkably bright beam and a reddish glow – super blue blood indeed.
The three events have lined up perfectly for us to witness the display because the second full moon of the month is always a blue moon and the moon is particularly close to the Earth at the moment, making it look bigger and more luminous than usual. Total lunar eclipses happen when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, preventing sunlight from reaching the moon, so we just got really lucky that it’s happening at the same time as the other two notable events.
You can watch the eclipse all over the world. In the US, people on the West Coast and the middle of the country will have the best opportunity to catch the eclipse early Wednesday morning, so give your boss the heads up that you’ll be late for work the day off for moon-based activities. According to NASA, the lunar eclipse’s totality will last for about 1 hour and 16 minutes, and it’ll start on the West Coast around 4:51am Pacific Time lasting until about 6:07 on The East Coast. The eclipse will be in full view in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand, and in partial view in India.
The UK, Europe and Africa will miss out on seeing the red tinge on the super moon because of time zones. Turns out it'll be daytime over here when it happens... bummer.