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How and where to watch tonight's 'super blood moon'

How and where to watch tonight's 'super blood moon'
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It's a supermoon! It's a blood moon! It's a "super blood moon!"

Tonight is your last chance to see a total lunar eclipse coincide with a supermoon for another 18 years. And this is a spectacle you won't want to miss!

If you want to take a peek at this super blood moon, you're going to need to find somewhere with open skies around 10:45 p.m. Eastern Time. That's when the lunar eclipse will be the most visible. The full lunar eclipse officially begins around 10:11 and comes to an end at 11:23.

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A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth orbits between a full moon and the sun. The Earth's reddish shadow, caused by a tiny bit of the Sun's light, completely covers the moon and it makes it appear as a "blood moon."

"That red light shining onto the moon is sunlight that has skimmed and bent through Earth's atmosphere: that is, from all the sunrises and sunsets that ring the world at any given moment," Alan MacRobert, of Sky and Telescope magazine, told USA Today.

The moon will be traveling east in the sky and the first sign of a partial eclipse will begin to show at 9:07 p.m. Eastern Time. The last glimpse you'll be able to catch of a partial eclipse will be at 12:55 a.m. Eastern Time. And when it's at its full phase, the blood moon will appear 14% larger than normal.

That will be the ideal time to snap a gorgeous picture!

If you can, you should really make an effort to catch this beautiful phenomenon because it hasn't happened in 33 years and it won't again for another 18. The universe is a wonderful, breathtaking place and it's important to take in its glory every once in a while.

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Source: USA Today
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