The moon will be 14% larger than normal on Wednesday morning. But, that’s not the only thing that will make it a unique lunar event.
It’s being called a “Super Blue Blood Moon” — when a blood moon, super moon, and blue moon happen all at the same time.
Here’s a break down of what each element means:
SUPER MOON: A super moon is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit. We typically get about 4-6 super moons each year, though there was only one in 2017.
BLUE MOON: A blue moon is the second full moon of a month, which this one is.
BLOOD MOON: The blood moon is another name for a lunar eclipse. It’s called a “blood moon” because of the rusty, red color the moon appears to be when it slides into Earth’s shadow. Total lunar eclipses by themselves are not that rare, usually happening a few times a year. Our next total lunar eclipse will take place on July 27th, but won’t be visible on this continent.
The best time for viewing the Super Blue Blood Moon is between 6:20 a.m. and 7:08 a.m. That is when the moon will be not only brighter, but also red in color due to a total eclipse.
Visibility will still depend on the weather. The forecast calls for cloudiness, which could hinder your view of the Super Blue Blood Moon.