Lunar Trifecta: Blue moon, super moon, total lunar eclipse rolled into one

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Blue moon, super moon, total lunar eclipse all rolled into one big lunar lineup event
By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week.
On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a super moon, 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, and across the Pacific into Asia as the moon rises Wednesday night.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A super moon is a particularly close full or new moon. A full lunar eclipse — or blood moon — has the moon completely bathed in Earth’s shadow.

Lunar Trifecta event for Star Gazers

FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2007, file photo, the moon takes on different orange tones during a lunar eclipse seen from Mexico City. During a lunar eclipse, the moon’s disk can take on a colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and, rarely, very dark gray. On Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, a super moon, blue moon and a lunar eclipse will coincide for first time since 1982 and will not occur again until 2037. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

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