JANUARY is set to have a super blood moon as part of a lunar eclipse.
That makes the moon look extra-close and extra bright - up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth, known as the apogee, NASA said.
The moon is actually going to appear a reddish-orange color.
Early Wednesday morning, January 31, will bring a rare treat for skygazers in many parts of the world: It's a full moon on the night of January 31, and the second one in one calendar month, so it becomes a blue moon by our modern definition.
For the first time in more than 150 years, the West Coast will have the opportunity to see a blue moon turn red this week - assuming the weather cooperates.
Then completing this "lunar trifecta" is the "blood" element.
The sun, earth and moon will align with each other to bring about a blood moon.
How long will it last and where can I see it?
Eager stargazers living in North America, Alaska or Hawaii will be able to see the eclipse before sunrise on Wednesday, according to NASA.
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If you live in North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31.
In the United States, the best view of the eclipse will be along the West Coast.
"For the (continental) USA, the viewing will be best in the West", said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the eastern time zone". The total eclipse begins at 8.51pm where the public will see the moon completely red with the maximum eclipse phase is at 9.29 pm. Pacific Time. At 4:51 a.m., totality will begin, with best viewing between about 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. local time.
The best way to view the "super blue moon eclipse" is to wake up early and travel to an open space free of buildings and light pollution.
Before people knew the reason for this, people feared a blood moon, seeing it as an act of God. Even without the supermoon, it's the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in the USA since, less than a year after the Civil War ended, according to.
It will be worth a look, as it has been nearly seven years since a full moon has entered as deeply into the umbral shadow as this one will.
And fear not luna-tic's, Virtual Telescope will be streaming the event live for those of you unable to view it up close.
The lunar eclipse will occur at 1.30pm British and Irish time, and the next eclipse won't be visible until July 2018 - so time to keep your eyes peeled.