There will be an extremely rare Super Blue Blood Moon in the sky this week 4 years ago

There will be an extremely rare Super Blue Blood Moon in the sky this week

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A rare celestial event will take place in the skies this week when a blue moon and lunar eclipse combine with the moon being at its closest point to Earth, with the end result being called a “super blue blood moon”.

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That’s a blue moon, a blood moon or lunar eclipse, and a supermoon and it will all happen on 31 January.

Each of these events on their own are not that rare, but the trio will combine this week to create a sight not seen in our skies in more than 150 years.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to view the full spectacle from Ireland according to NASA.

The full eclipse will be happening on the dark side of the earth at 10.51am GMT on Wednesday. But the super blue moon will still be passing by, so it’ll be worth stepping outside for a look all the same.

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The total eclipse will be visible from the western United States and Canada across the Pacific Ocean to most of Australia and China, as well as northern polar regions.

The eclipse will give the moon a reddish colour known as a blood moon.

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