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Total lunar eclipse happening early Wednesday morning

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This Wednesday morning skies should be clear giving us a great chance to briefly witness a total lunar eclipse.

A lunar eclipse is very similar to the solar eclipse that we experienced this summer except now it is the Earth blocking the sun's light from reaching the moon.

Total lunar eclipses happen way more frequently than solar eclipses as lunar eclipse are visible in the United States about every 2-3 years.

This lunar eclipse is being called the Super, Blue, Blood Moon eclipse.

The reason it is being called Super for it being a supermoon meaning the moon will appear slightly bigger and brighter as it is making it's closest pass to Earth this year.

The Blue part comes from this being the 2nd full moon for the month of January as we also had a full moon on New Years Day.

And finally the Blood description comes from the fact that during the eclipse the moon will take on a reddish color.

If you want to see the lunar eclipse Wednesday you are going to have to wake up a little early as the moon will begin partial eclipse at 5:48am in the western sky.

Total lunar eclipse when the Earth will completely block out light to the moon will happen about an hour later at 6:51am.

Now you might want to go on top of a parking garage or find a high spot with a clear view of the western horizon as the moon will be be low in the sky as the total eclipse happens.

The sad part is we will only be able to see the total eclipse for about 8 minutes before the moon disappears in the western sky as the moon sets at 6:59am.

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