(AP and KWCH) The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week.
On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only to a blue moon and a supermoon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one.
There hasn't been a triple lineup like this since 1982, and the next one won't occur until 2037.
Harold Henderson, the director of the Kansas Cosmosphere, says the eclipse will start just before 5 a.m. in our area and become noticeable about five minutes before 6 a.m.
“That’s when the moon starts to encounter that dark central core of the earth’s shadow. At that point, you’ll start to see sort of a bite taken out of the moon as more and more of that dark central core starts to cover the surface of the moon and it slowly covers it up,” says Henderson.
The moon will move through the earth's shadow and begin to appear reddish orange, hence the name blood moon.
“As it becomes almost completely covered up about five or eight minutes before seven in the morning," says Henderson. "That’s when you’ll really start to notice the coloration from all the sunrises and sunsets all around the world being bent inwards by the earth’s atmosphere and coloring the face of the moon more of a reddish color."
He says the blue of the atmosphere, the red of the moonlight, tints of the earth’s shadow reflected off of the moon will have a tendency to cancel each other out. But he says almost anywhere with a clear view should be a good place to watch.
“Wherever you are where you’ve got the proper horizon, lack of trees, lack of tall buildings, good clear view to the west, slightly north of true west would be a good location to view this," says Henderson.