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Here are the best times to view rare 'super blue blood moon' in Austin

Here are the best times to view rare 'super blue blood moon' in Austin

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This rare lunar event hasn't occurred since 1866. Photo courtesy of NASA

KVUE — It's a sight so rare, no person alive today has ever seen it.

A "super blue blood moon" is taking place on the morning of January 31, a series of events that hasn't happened in more than 150 years. It consists of a super moon, blue moon, and blood moon all at once.

A super moon happens when the moon is closer to the Earth in its orbit and appears about 14 percent brighter, whereas a blue moon happens when two full moons occur in the same calendar month. Wednesday's moon is also a blood moon, which is when the moon is in the Earth's shadow and takes on a reddish tint.

According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the best time to experience the super blue blood moon in Central Texas and around Austin will be from approximately 6-7 am, just before sunrise Wednesday morning.

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