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Spectacular 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Coming on Jan. 31




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As long as there are some clear skies, January is going to close out with an extremely rare and very heavenly trifecta for astronomy fans in the form of a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse. 

“Blue Moons happen every two and a half years, on average," NASA said on its website. "With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a 'super blue blood' Moon."

You'll just need to be prepared to possibly get up earlier than normal, as all of the action will be taking place right around sunrise.

While people in the western part of the United States will have the best view, the Midwest won't be completely shut out. 

"If you live in Kansas City or Chicago, your best viewing will be from about 6:15-6:30 a.m." said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Again, you'll have more success if you can go to a high place with a clear view to the West."

With clear skies, supermoons can be a spectacular sight, considering the moon is closer to the Earth than usual and is approximately 14 percent brighter. 

This particular three-way treat has been a long time in the making, considering it hasn't happened in North America since March 31, 1866, according to EarthSky.

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