2018 started out with a 'Super Moon'  on New Year's Day. But an even rarer event is scheduled to occur at the end of the month. Get ready for a blue moon total lunar eclipse!

January's second full moon will happen January 31st. The second full moon in a month is known as a 'blue moon'. That event will happen the same night as a lunar eclipse which is called a 'blood moon' because of the reddish color the moon takes on during the eclipse. How rare is a 'blood blue moon'? Astronomers say you have to go all the way back to March 31st, 1866 to find the last one! That's 150 years! On top of that, the full moon will be a 'super' one just like January 1st.

When can we see this rare event in Iowa? The lunar eclipse will begin at around 4:51 a.m. with peak viewing at around 7:17 a.m. Mark your calendars now sky gazers!



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