The Super Blue Blood Moon Is Wednesday. Watch It Before You Go to Work.


A supermoon during a lunar eclipse observed in Washington, D.C., in September 2015. On Wednesday morning, a rare “super blue blood moon” will be visible to people in the United States, with viewers on the West Coast with the best seats. Credit Aubrey Gemignani/NASA

Early Wednesday morning, if you live in the United States, the moon will bloom red, like a giant rose in the predawn sky. If you live in the western part of the United States, the eastern part of Asia or in Australia, you can watch the show unfold better than anywhere else.

The celestial event is known as a “blood moon” and it occurs as the moon slides behind Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse. Unlike last summer’s solar eclipse — where the moon momentarily blocked out the sun — a lunar eclipse is when Earth moves in between the sun and the moon. For half the planet, the cosmic alignment will turn the moon a coppery color for just over an hour.


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