Still blown away by last summer’s total solar eclipse? Catch the moon’s version during the total lunar eclipse in the early hours on Wednesday morning (Jan. 31).
This spectacular lunar event, called a Super Blue Blood Moon, features the second full moon of the month, also known as a Blue Moon, as well as a total lunar eclipse, which is often referred to as a “blood moon” because the moon turns a reddish color when it passes through Earth’s shadow. To top it all off, the moon will also be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it a supermoon.
But what makes this Super Blue Blood Moon extra special is that it marks the first time since March 31, 1866, that a total lunar eclipse coincides with a Blue Moon in North America. Wednesday’s Super Blue Blood Moon will be visible before dawn to people on the West Coast and many other places in the West. As long as it isn’t a cloudy morning, viewers in these areas will witness each stage of the eclipse:
Bonus: You won’t need glasses to view this eclipse. It’s perfectly safe to watch with your bare eyes.