Super blue blood moon: A rare triple treat

Yahoo News Photo Staff

On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a supermoon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn’t been a triple lineup like this since 1982 and the next won’t occur until 2037.

The eclipse will be visible best in the western half of the U.S. and Canada before the moon sets early Wednesday morning, and across the Pacific into Asia as the moon rises Wednesday night into Thursday.

The U.S. East Coast will be out of luck; the moon will be setting just as the eclipse gets started. Europe and most of Africa and South America also will pretty much miss the show.

A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A supermoon is a particularly close full or new moon, appearing somewhat brighter and bigger. A total lunar eclipse — or blood moon for its reddish tinge — has the moon completely bathed in Earth’s shadow.

“I’m calling it the Super Bowl of moons,” lunar scientist Noah Petro said Monday from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Others prefer “super blue blood moon.”

Either way, it’s guaranteed to impress, provided the skies are clear. (AP)

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<p>A red supermoon rises over hills in the city of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Smityuk&#92;TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Vladivostok, Russia

A red supermoon rises over hills in the city of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Smityuk\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A full moon ‘super moon’ rises over Los Andes mountain range in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters) </p>
Santiago, Chile

A full moon ‘super moon’ rises over Los Andes mountain range in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters)

<p>This combo image (from top L clockwise) shows the moon during a lunar eclipse referred to as the “super blue blood moon” in Jakarta on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Jakarta, Indonesia

This combo image (from top L clockwise) shows the moon during a lunar eclipse referred to as the “super blue blood moon” in Jakarta on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The moon rises over the horizon above the head of a Chinese dragon statue at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Bangkok, Thailand

The moon rises over the horizon above the head of a Chinese dragon statue at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A full moon is seen behind the business tower Lakhta Center, which is under construction in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Anton Vaganov/Reuters) </p>
Petersburg, Russia

A full moon is seen behind the business tower Lakhta Center, which is under construction in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Anton Vaganov/Reuters)

<p>The moon sets behind the city of Jerusalem early on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Jerusalem, Israel

The moon sets behind the city of Jerusalem early on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>‘Super blue blood moon’ rises over in Van province of Turkey on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Van, Turkey

‘Super blue blood moon’ rises over in Van province of Turkey on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A full moon rises behind blocks of flats in north London, Britain, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters) </p>
London, Britain

A full moon rises behind blocks of flats in north London, Britain, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters)

<p>The Statue of Liberty is backdropped by a supermoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo: Julio Cortez/aP) </p>
New York City

The Statue of Liberty is backdropped by a supermoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo: Julio Cortez/aP)

<p>A super blue blood moon is seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: NTB Scanpix/Heiko Junge/via Reuters) </p>
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

A super blue blood moon is seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: NTB Scanpix/Heiko Junge/via Reuters)

<p>People with bicycles take photos of the Super moon on Jan. 31, 2018 in Lancelin, Australia. (Photo : Paul Kane/Getty Images) </p>
Lancelin, Australia

People with bicycles take photos of the Super moon on Jan. 31, 2018 in Lancelin, Australia. (Photo : Paul Kane/Getty Images)

<p>Skywatchers gather at Beijing Planetarium to watch a “super blood blue moon” eclipse with telescopes, in Beijing, China, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: China Daily via Reuters) </p>
Beijing, China

Skywatchers gather at Beijing Planetarium to watch a “super blood blue moon” eclipse with telescopes, in Beijing, China, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: China Daily via Reuters)

<p>A rare occurrence called a ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ is seen behind the U.S. flag at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) </p>
Santa Monica, Calif.

A rare occurrence called a ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ is seen behind the U.S. flag at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

<p>A “Super Blue Blood Moon” rises during a lunar eclipse in this picture taken from the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Jorge Duenes/Reuters) </p>
U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico

A “Super Blue Blood Moon” rises during a lunar eclipse in this picture taken from the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Jorge Duenes/Reuters)

<p>The moon passes through the earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse as seen in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Rajanish Kakade/AP) </p>
Mumbai, India

The moon passes through the earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse as seen in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Rajanish Kakade/AP)

<p>The moon exhibits a phenomena that combined a supermoon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse as seen in Legazpi city, Albay province around 200 miles (340 kilometers) southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP) </p>
Legazpi city, Albay province, Philippines

The moon exhibits a phenomena that combined a supermoon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse as seen in Legazpi city, Albay province around 200 miles (340 kilometers) southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

<p>‘Super blue blood moon’ rises over in Ankara province of Turkey on Jan.31, 2018. (Photo: Murat Kaynak/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Ankara, Turkey

‘Super blue blood moon’ rises over in Ankara province of Turkey on Jan.31, 2018. (Photo: Murat Kaynak/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Ultimate Fighter Championship videographer Chris Warner walks past the moon as he films b-roll in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018. (Photo: Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) </p>
Las Vegas, Nev.

Ultimate Fighter Championship videographer Chris Warner walks past the moon as he films b-roll in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018. (Photo: Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

<p>A Blue Moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor, Somerset. (Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images) </p>
Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, England

A Blue Moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor, Somerset. (Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)

<p>The full moon is seen over the Peace Gate at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP) </p>
Seoul, South Korea

The full moon is seen over the Peace Gate at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

<p>The full moon can be seen over a forest near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Angelika Warmuth/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The full moon can be seen over a forest near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Angelika Warmuth/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The moon is seen during an eclipse, next to the Singapore Flyer observation wheel in Singapore, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters) </p>
Singapore

The moon is seen during an eclipse, next to the Singapore Flyer observation wheel in Singapore, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters)

<p>The moon rises over a pagoda in Kumal, some 105 kms away from Mandalay City on January 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Kumal, Myanmar

The moon rises over a pagoda in Kumal, some 105 kms away from Mandalay City on January 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Phases of a lunar eclipse during a blue moon and a supermoon in Vladivostok, Russia, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Smityuk&#92;TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Vladivostok, Russia

Phases of a lunar eclipse during a blue moon and a supermoon in Vladivostok, Russia, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Smityuk\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A super blue blood moon rises behind the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP) </p>
Athens, Greece

A super blue blood moon rises behind the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)

<p>The eclipsing blood moon appears above the statue of Kansa Warrior Ad Astra atop the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Orlin Wagner/AP) </p>
Topeka, Kan.

The eclipsing blood moon appears above the statue of Kansa Warrior Ad Astra atop the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Orlin Wagner/AP)

<p>Ultimate Fighter Championship videographers Silton Buen Dia, left, and Chris Warner film the moon in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018. (Photo: Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) </p>
Las Vegas, Nev.

Ultimate Fighter Championship videographers Silton Buen Dia, left, and Chris Warner film the moon in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018. (Photo: Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

<p>A ‘super moon’ is seen on the sky trough a carnival lighting mask in Malaga, Spain, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo: Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) </p>
Malaga, Spain

A ‘super moon’ is seen on the sky trough a carnival lighting mask in Malaga, Spain, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo: Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

<p>The moon rises between two office buildings in Bangkok on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Lillian Sunwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Bangkok, Thailand

The moon rises between two office buildings in Bangkok on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Lillian Sunwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man takes pictures of the super blue moon from just outside the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters) </p>
Beijing, China

A man takes pictures of the super blue moon from just outside the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

<p>A “super blood blue moon” is seen during an eclipse behind an elephant statue at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters) </p>
Bangkok, Thailand

A “super blood blue moon” is seen during an eclipse behind an elephant statue at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

<p>Telescopes are used for a closer view as people attend the lunar eclipse celebration at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Calif., in the early hours of Jan. 31, 2018, to witness the Super Blue Blood Moon, an event not seen since 1866 when three fairly common lunar happenings occur at the same time. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Los Angeles, Calif.

Telescopes are used for a closer view as people attend the lunar eclipse celebration at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Calif., in the early hours of Jan. 31, 2018, to witness the Super Blue Blood Moon, an event not seen since 1866 when three fairly common lunar happenings occur at the same time. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A super blue blood moon is seen setting behind the Hollywood hills in Los Angeles on Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Richard Vogel/AP) </p>
Los Angeles, Calif.

A super blue blood moon is seen setting behind the Hollywood hills in Los Angeles on Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Richard Vogel/AP)

<p>A lunar eclipse is shown over the ocean in Oceanside, Calif., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reutesr) </p>
Oceanside, Calif.

A lunar eclipse is shown over the ocean in Oceanside, Calif., Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reutesr)

<p>A person poses for a photo as the moon rises over Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Los Angeles, Calif.

A person poses for a photo as the moon rises over Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Full moon is seen over Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Istanbul, Turkey

Full moon is seen over Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A super blue blood moon is seen over Los Angeles on Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Richard Vogel/AP) </p>
Los Angeles, Calif.

A super blue blood moon is seen over Los Angeles on Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Richard Vogel/AP)

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