The full moon on Wednesday (Jan. 31st) will be special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.”
For us in Iowa, the Super Blue Blood moon will be visible right before sunrise on Wednesday, with the best viewing from 6:15 to 6:30 am. At 4:51 a.m. CST the penumbra — or lighter part of Earth’s shadow – will touch the Moon. By about 6:15 a.m. CST the Earth’s reddish shadow will be clearly noticeable on the Moon. The eclipse will be harder to see in the lightening pre-dawn sky, and the Moon will set after 7:00 a.m. as the sun rises.
If you miss the Jan. 31 lunar eclipse, you’ll have to wait almost another year for the next opportunity in North America. The next lunar eclipse will be on Jan. 21, 2019, which will be visible throughout all of the U.S. and will be a supermoon, though it won’t be a blue moon.
taken from http://www.iowachase.com/rare-super-blue-blood-moon-coming-wednesday/
till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa