Early Wednesday morning, parts of the world will experience a special lunar trinity.
This moon will be different for three reasons, the first of which being that it is the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the moon is closer to the earth in its orbit and much brighter. The moon will also be a “blue moon,” meaning that it’s the second full moon this month. Finally, this will also be a “blood moon,” meaning it will pass through the earth’s shadow giving it a reddish tint in some areas or a total lunar eclipse in others.
For people living in North America, Alaska or Hawaii it will happen just before sunrise, while parts of the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Eastern Russia will see it just after sunset.
Unfortunately for people living on the East Coast of the U.S., the moon won’t be visible for long as the sky will be getting lighter to the east as the moon sets in the west.
Beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST, NASA will offer a live feed of the moon on NASA TV and NASA.gov/live. If you miss this lunar spectacle, the next time North America will see an event like this will be next year on Jan. 21, 2019, although it won’t be a “blue moon.”