A total lunar eclipse will be visible in Alberta Wednesday

Rain showers over the Bundaberg region

We've got the lowdown. Blue light is filtered out, leaving the moon looking reddish during an eclipse.

If you've got a good imagination, the best view would be from the moon, he says. The event, as described by Nasa, is a combination of three separate events which will occur at the same time - the moon's closest approach to the Earth, a full moon and a full lunar eclipse. The moon will not actually appear purple, nor will have it a cape - but January 31 is a great time to gaze up and enjoy the night sky. Because of the timing of the full moons, February will not have one and March will have two.

Where can I see it?

The event will be visible from the western hemisphere, with NASA boffs predicting U.S. spectators will be able to see it before sunrise on Wednesday. But twice in each lunar cycle, the moon does cross into our planet's orbital plane.

It wasn't until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the supermoon, which is now a widely-used term.

The best times to catch any full moon is just before it rises or sets when a phenomenon called the "moon illusion" makes the moon and other celestial bodies appear larger than normal on the horizon, according to Sky and Telescope.

To do this, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will attempt to map temperatures as the moon slips into the shadows.

While the Earth revolves around the sun, the moon revolves around the Earth. That's the time between any particular phase of the moon, for example the time between two full moons. The moon will be entirely inside the earth's dark umbral shadow and will last a bit more than one-and-a-quarter hours. The full moon won't appear blue, however.

This is because Native American tribes kept track of the months of the year by the lunar calendar. Mostly clear skies are in the forecast Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

The second definition of a blue moon states it's the third moon in a season in which there are four moons, which happens about every 2.7 years.

SUPER SHOW Super blood moon set to dominate the skies next week - but will it reach the UK? The moon will then be about 12 degrees above the horizon.

What is a blood moon?

What makes scientist fascinated about this moon?

It becomes reddish because the Sun, Earth and Moon will be aligned perfectly in a manner that the Earth will bend sunlight passing through its atmosphere to give the moon its colour. At 4.51am CST the penumbra - or lighter part of Earth's shadow - will touch the moon.

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