Super Blue Blood Moon 2018

January skywatchers are in for a rare treat: a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon all in the same month. A Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow; and supermoons happen when the moon’s perigee — its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit — coincides with a full moon. In this case, the supermoon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse.

The supermoon will take place tonight (1/30), which is technically one day before the moon reaches peak fullness, but even NASA is willing to call the event a supermoon nonetheless.

The best time to see the blood moon will be tomorrow morning (1/31) at 6:30 a.m.

Right now, it looks like the weather will cooperate, so get out your telescopes and cameras and get ready for a show!

And if you do miss it, the next time this moon madness will happen is 2037.