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First super blue blood moon in 35 years provides rare lunar trifecta

DENVER — For the first time in 35 years, a lunar eclipse during a blue moon will be visible in North America.

A supermoon, blue moon and blood moon will all be present at the same time and can be seen in Colorado on Wednesday morning.

A supermoon is when a full moon is closest in its orbit to Earth. It appears 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

A blue moon is the second full moon in a month and doesn’t actually appear blue.

A blood moon is the red tint the Earth’s shadow casts on the moon during a lunar eclipse. It is rare for all three of these to happen at the same time.

The super blue blood moon will happen on Wednesday morning.

The partial eclipse began in Denver at 4:48 a.m. and will peak and become a total eclipse at 6:30 a.m. The event will end during moonset at 7:12 a.m.

Alaska, Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States will be the best places to see the event. In these areas, the entire eclipse will be visible.