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Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Expected Early Wednesday Morning

A rare lunar trifecta will occur Wednesday morning. Fog could spoil the view for some in Southern Oregon.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 4:40 PM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2018 4:40 PM


A rare lunar trifecta will delight stargazers Wednesday morning provided clouds and fog don't get in the way. The combination of a supermoon, blood moon, and a blue moon hasn't happened in over 150 years. This lunar spectacle is made up of a supermoon, where the moon is closer to Earth. It'll appear 14 percent closer, according to NASA. It'll be a blood moon, which is where a total lunar eclipse occurs. The moon will be cast in a reddish, orange hue as it passes through the Earth's shadow, hence the name blood moon. Finally, it'll be a blue moon, which is the second full moon in a calendar month. These three phenomenon haven't all come together since March 31, 1866.

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We're fortunate here in Southern Oregon and Northern California because we'll be able to see the entire lunar eclipse. It'll begin at 4:51 AM and end at 6:07 AM with totality occurring at 5:29 AM. It should be quite the sight.

Sky conditions should be fair for most of us. There should just be some scattered high clouds for most locations. However, in the Rogue Valley, there will be the chance for areas of fog to develop that could obscure or limit the view of the Super Blue Blood Moon. Some patchy fog is also possible in the Klamath Basin.

If you're able to see to Super Blue Blood Moon, don't forget to share your photos with us.

The next total lunar eclipse with a supermoon will be January 21, 2019. However, it will not be accompanied by a blue moon like this time.

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