"In other words, it's from all the sunrises and sunsets that ring the world at the moment." The alignment of the sun, moon and Earth will last one hour and 16 minutes, visible before dawn across the western United States and Canada.
Those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand should look for it in the evening, as the moon rises. Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear.
"We've had a lot of supermoons and we've had lunar eclipses, but it's rare that it also happens to be a blue moon," said Jason Aufdenberg, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's campus in Daytona Beach, Florida. "All three of these cycles lining up is what makes this unusual," he added.
"It's just a wonder to behold." According to Sky and Telescope magazine, "the last time a complete lunar cover-up took place on the second full moon of the month was December 30, 1982, at least as reckoned by local time in Europe, Africa, and western Asia—locations where the event could be seen." That event also occurred at the moon's orbital perigee, making it an extra bright supermoon. Aufdenberg said that by his calculations, the last time a supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse all together were visible from the eastern United States was on May 31, 1844. According to Sky and Telescope, the last blue moon total lunar eclipse visible from North America happened on March 31, 1866. "But on that date the moon was near apogee, its most distant point from Earth," it said. Lunar eclipses during a supermoon happen rather regularly. The last one was in September 2015. Lunar eclipses occur at least twice a year. Supermoons can happen four to six times a year. The next supermoon lunar eclipse visible throughout all of the United States will be January 21, 2019—though that one will not be a blue moon.