First Total Lunar, Blue Moon Eclipse in 152 Years Taking Place Wednesday Morning

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Weather permitting, southern Alberta will get a nice celestial treat Wednesday morning, but you'll have to get up early to see it.

It'll be a "Blue Blood-Moon" in the sky above Lethbridge early Wednesday morning (Jan. 31). A total lunar eclipse or "Blood Moon" will take place at 6:30 am (Alberta time) during the second full moon this month, which is known as a "Blue Moon." Dr. Locke Spencer, with the University of Lethbridge Physics and Astronomy department, says these two events overlapping is something that hasn't happened in 152 years. The first full moon of the month, on January 1st, was a "Supermoon" so this one will also appear slightly bigger and brighter than average. The total lunar eclipse is entirely safe to look at. The weather though could be an issue. The forecast is indicating cloudy conditions with a chance of flurries on Wednesday for Lethbridge and area. - Tina Giesbrecht

Locke Spencer:

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