West Coast gets prime view of total lunar eclipse

The moon is seen glowing red as it rises in Kathmandu Nepal during a total lunar eclipse

Finally, what makes this event pretty rare is the face that a blue moon and supermoon happen at the same time as a lunar eclipse.

The rare event last took place over 150 years ago and the only question now is: where's the best place to see the historic lunar show? A blue moon occurs about every three years. The moon orbits around the Earth and as a result we see different amounts of the lit-up side. A supermoon is about 14 percent more dazzling than an average moon. Simply the second full moon in a month. You have to be early to catch it, as it will begin at 5:51 a.m. and only be visible for about 16 minutes before the moon sets behind the western horizon. On 31st January 2018, the full moon day which occurs is going to be the second full moon day of the January month. A total lunar eclipse is sometimes referred to as a "Blood Moon" because of the reddish hue that Earth's shadow casts on its celestial satellite. Next Wednesday, January 31st will bring us another super moon.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"This just happens to be a full moon when the moon is at perigee - nearest earth - so it's Super", said Klassen. The last Blue Moon in the United States came in late July 2015.

It is the light bending around the Earth due to gravity that passes through a portion of the atmosphere that causes the shift in color. The name comes from the red and orange appearance that the moon takes on.

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The good news for us is that we will get to see this eclipse at a relatively convenient time in the morning hours on Wednesday.

To see the phenomenon, you need to be on the night side of the Earth; this eclipse will be visible mostly in Asia, Australia, the Pacific and North America. This leaves a narrow, half-hour window to see all three coincide before the moon sets at 7:15 a.m.

The eclipse will last nearly 3 ½ hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:48 a.m. PT until it ends at 7:12 a.m. PT, according to Sky and Telescope.

Partial eclipse ends at 7:11 a.m.

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