Rare ‘super blue blood moon’ happening this week


FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2007, file photo, the moon takes on different orange tones during a lunar eclipse seen from Mexico City. During a lunar eclipse, the moon’s disk can take on a colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and, rarely, very dark gray. On Wednesday, Jan. 31, […]

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week.

On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a super moon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn’t been a triple lineup like this since 1982, and the next won’t occur until 2037. The eclipse will be visible best in the western half of the U.S. and Canada before the moon sets early Wednesday, and across the Pacific into Asia as the moon rises Wednesday night.

A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A super moon is a particularly close full or new moon. A full lunar eclipse – or blood moon – has the moon completely bathed in Earth’s shadow.

According to NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador to Utah Patrick Wiggins, “For Utahans the Moon will start to slide into Earth’s shadow about 4:48 a.m. when it’s about one third of the way up the western sky.”

Wiggins says totality will begin at about 5:51. By 6:31 a.m. the Moon will be setting.

He suggests those who want to see the bright colors should try to get away from lights.

Clark Planetarium will be streaming the event, weather pending. More here.

A list of all eclipses visible from Utah through 2025 is available on Wiggins’ Solar System Ambassador website at http://utahastro.info.

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