The sky is going to do some pretty crazy things in the next few days.
A supermoon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse are all coming to a sky near you – and all in the same day.
Skywatchers will get to see the triple threat on Jan. 31.
How rare is a super blue moon eclipse? Well, even without the supermoon, it is the first blue moon-total lunar eclipse in the United States since March 1866, according to Earthsky.org.
A blue moon, which occurs about every 2 1/2 years, is the second full moon in a calendar month, and doesn’t actually appear blue in color. January’s first full moon showed up on New Year’s Day.
The Jan. 31 full moon is also the third in a series of three straight full-moon supermoons – that is, super-close and magnified full moons.
And to put the cherry on top, this time around, it will pass through the earth’s shadow in a total lunar eclipse.
The total lunar eclipse will be visible early in the morning of Jan. 31 from western North America across the Pacific to eastern Asia, according to NASA.
Those of us on the east coast will be able to see it, too, but it will be a partial eclipse.
“The lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 will be visible during moonset,” said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it. ... But it’s another great chance to watch the moon.”