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Rare Super Blue Blood Moon to show up in Michiana…if the clouds allow it

(Photo supplied/ABC 21 in Fort Wayne)

The moon will be 14% larger than normal on Wednesday morning. But, that’s not the only thing that will make it a unique lunar event.

It’s being called a “Super Blue Blood Moon” — when a blood moon, super moon, and blue moon happen all at the same time.

Here’s a break down of what each element means:

SUPER MOON: A super moon is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit. We typically get about 4-6 super moons each year, though there was only one in 2017.

BLUE MOON: A blue moon is the second full moon of a month, which this one is.

BLOOD MOON: The blood moon is another name for a lunar eclipse. It’s called a “blood moon” because of the rusty, red color the moon appears to be when it slides into Earth’s shadow. Total lunar eclipses by themselves are not that rare, usually happening a few times a year. Our next total lunar eclipse will take place on July 27th, but won’t be visible on this continent.

The best time for viewing the Super Blue Blood Moon is from 6:48 a.m. until 7:53 a.m. That is when the moon will be not only brighter, but also red in color due to a total eclipse.

Visibility will still depend on the weather. The forecast calls for cloudiness, which could hinder your view of the Super Blue Blood Moon.

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