Blood Moon. File Photo. Photo Credit: GoranPetrov (iStock).

Blood Moon. File Photo. Photo Credit: GoranPetrov (iStock).

Get ready for the blood moon in a rare and beautiful celestial event on Wednesday morning.

Look up into the night sky early Wednesday morning for a spectacular "super flower blood moon" eclipse glowing red over Colorado thanks to a lunar eclipse.

It will be the largest and brightest supermoon of 2021. According to the Farmer's Almanac, the moon will be glowing 222,116.6 miles from Earth. That's about 100 miles closer than April’s super moon. 

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up between the moon and the sun, which partially blocks the sun's light. The remaining light hitting the moon results in a red glow.

According to AccuWeather, the lunar eclipse begins at 2:47 a.m. with totality at 5:11 a.m. and lasting until 5:25 a.m. Sunrise is at 5:36 a.m. with the moon setting at 5:43 a.m. 

“Just how red it will look is hard to predict, but dust in the atmosphere can have an effect, and keep in mind there have been a couple of prominent volcanic eruptions recently,” NASA explains.

“Hawaii has the best seat in the house and then short of that will be California and the Pacific Northwest,” said NASA’s Noah Petro, project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. New Zealand and Australia also will have prime viewing.

Circling the moon for 12 years, the orbiter will measure temperatures changes on the lunar surface during the eclipse. Telescopes atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea also will monitor the moon, Petro said.

The moon will be setting and the sun rising along the U.S. East Coast, leaving skygazers — Petro in Virginia included — pretty much out of luck. Europe, Africa and western Asia will miss everything. There will be livestreams available for people living there.

Unlike a solar eclipse, you can look directly at the moon with the naked eye during a lunar eclipse. Just give your eyes about 30 to 45 minutes to adjust to the dark.

If you happen to miss it, don't worry. You’ll get another chance to spot a supermoon next month on June 24 — the Super Strawberry Moon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as the Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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