25 Feb 2018

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‘Super blue blood moon’ not seen for more than 150 years to grace the skies on Wednesday

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A rare celestial event that hasn’t been seen by much of the world in more than 150 years is set to grace the skies on Wednesday.

A ‘super blood blue moon’ will be visible on 31 January, with western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russiaand Australia getting the best view of the stunning event.

A ‘super blue blood moon’ is the result of a blue moon – the second full moon in a calendar month – occurring at the same time as a super moon, when the moon is at perigee and about 14 per cent brighter than usual.

It also combines with a blood moon – the moment during a lunar eclipse when the moon, which is in the Earth’s shadow, takes on a reddish hue.

While people in the eastern Hemisphere saw their last Blue Moon total lunar eclipse in 1982, for the Western Hemisphere, this eclipse will be the first blue moon total eclipse since 1866.