A total Lunar Eclipse will occur on January 31

On Wednesday, three celestial events (also known as the "lunar trifecta") are expected to occur at the same time! And so if you're over there on the West Coast, you're in a good spot.

Once in a very blue moon, a spectacular lunar event takes shape, leaving a stargazer with an astro-event of a lifetime. The moon orbits our planet from between 233,000 miles and 253,000 miles away.

Gordon Johnston, Program Executive and Lunar Blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said that the January 21, 2019 lunar eclipse will be visible throughout all of the US and will be a supermoon, though it won't be a blue moon.

The year 2017 had only one supermoon. The next one visible in North America will be on January 21, 2019.

This full moon will actually be the second full moon in January, which is why it's referred to as a blue moon. The result: the moon appears larger than normal and NASA is predicting this one will be 14% brighter than usual.

The moon orbits Earth once in about 29 days, and there are about 12 full moons each year. It will last for a total of three hours, 45 minutes during which there will be a total eclipse of one minute, 32 seconds starting at 6.59 pm. The moon will still be fully visible, but because the Earth will be between the moon and the sun the moon should take on a deep orange hue. Lastly, when the sun, moon, and the earth come in a straight line, it is known as full moon.

"If you were standing on the moon looking back at the earth, you would see all the sunsets of the world falling on you", Aufdenberg said.

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Australians can witness a total lunar eclipse about once every 2.8 years, on average. This lunar event is significant since it is happening after 150 years.

The next total lunar eclipse visible in Canada will be on January 20, 2019.

That said, if you miss this eclipse, don't worry. Such a moon is known as blood moon.

Here in Arkansas it will be hard to see all three events at once due to timing issues, but not impossible.

A lunar eclipse, supermoon and blue moon will be taking place simultaneously - the event is being dubbed by many as the "super blue blood moon". For the eastern US, the last visible one was May 31, 1844. However, the UAE residents will have only three to four minutes to see the total super moon eclipse. Those in the western U.S.as well as Australia and Asia should have the best views, Aufdenberg said.

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Coughenour added that the moon will be in the opposite direction of the sun and said Detroiters should look toward the northwest part of the sky. Aufdenberg said the event promised to be "a real zinger".

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