It’s a once in a ‘blue moon’ occurrence and time for the moon to take the spotlight. Following the great solar eclipse last August, serendipity will strike Wednesday (1/31) when a total lunar eclipse is set to occur at the same time as a supermoon and blue moon.

The lunar trifecta is the first of its kind in 35 years, according to scientists, and is not scheduled to occur again until 2037.

People around the world will experience a bigger and brighter moon caused by its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit. Viewers in the central and western U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Asia will get the added bonus of seeing a lunar eclipse – giving the moon a copper glow. It is also the second full moon of the month, hence the moniker blue moon.

NASA scientists are using the lunar eclipse as an opportunity to study what happens when the Moon goes from being in the sun to being in the cold shadow of the Earth.

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