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A super heavenly event

Stargazers will have a chance to watch a rare lunar occurrence early Wednesday.

The super blue blood moon trifecta will peak between 5 and 6 a.m.

Want to catch a glimpse of the celestial phenomenon?

“It begins around 3 a.m., but that is just the partial eclipse. The total eclipse will be between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.,” said Kelowna's Claude Lapointe, of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

If you are in the Okanagan, you’ll want to wake up before 7:30 a.m., or else you will likely miss it.

“The super moon is something that happens a few times a year. It is when the moon gets pretty close to the Earth, about 360,000 kilometres, so it is bigger than usual, and at the same time we also have a full moon, so they call that a super moon,” said Lapointe.

On top of this, there is also a blue moon.

“We have two full moons in one month and an eclipse of the moon that has been nicknamed a blood moon,” he said. “It is not something that happens very often, all three of them together.”

A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon and covers the moon with its shadow. When this happens, the moon can turn red, earning it the nickname "blood moon."

The biggest challenge in viewing the eclipse – which will be easily seen from Western Canada – will be the weather.

According to Environment Canada, the skies are forecast to be cloudy during the heavenly event.

– with files from Darren Handschuh and Alanna Kelly



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