This week's Super Blue Blood Moon

A rare lunar occurrence is set to be enjoyed by most of the world as eyes will turn to the skies when our moon becomes a Super Blue Blood Moon - for the first time in 150 years. This can make the moon appear to be 14 percent larger, and 30 percent brighter than when it is at its furthest point. On that night, lucky viewers on the right side of the planet will get to see a blue supermoon and a lunar eclipse occur at the same time. In Delhi, the eclipse will begin at 5.53 pm and will last for 3 hours and 45 minutes during which there will be a total eclipse of one minute 32 seconds starting at 6.59 pm.

Albertans wanting to see one can just look west early Wednesday morning without any kind of help or protection.

On 31 January 2018, the final installment of what National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has billed as a "supermoon trilogy" will grace our skies.

"The whole process, from start to finish, takes several hours, and the moon will actually set into the lake as it's reaching maximum eclipse, just as the sun is rising in the east".

What is a total lunar eclipse?

The December supermoon is traditionally known as a Full Cold Moon in the northern hemisphere because it takes place at the start of winter.

Blue moons are not very common because the moon goes through all of its phases once every 28 days.

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Although parts of the lunar eclipse will be seen across North America, "people get a better and better show closer to the west coast", he says.

The entire celestial event will be webcast live by global space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) starting at 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT).

For more information about the "Super Blue Blood Moon", visit NASA's website.

That means that if you live in the Eastern part of the United States, your best bet is to get as high as you can and have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west-northwest.

It occurs when Earth blocks sunlight making Moon completely dark.

The term blood moon comes from the sometimes copper red tint of the moon during a lunar eclipse.

And unlike last year's solar eclipse that had everyone in a tizzy, this time you don't need special glasses or a long auto trip to take in the sky show.

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