- A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the full moon and the sun.
- Folks in the western U.S. will have the best view of the eclipse.
- A supermoon means that the moon looks a bit bigger than usual since its a bit closer to the Earth than usual.
It’s the sky spectacle of the year.
On Wednesday, a full “supermoon” will brighten the night sky over the USA. At the same time, a total lunar eclipse will be visible across the West during the predawn hours.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the full moon and the sun. The Earth’s shadow covers the moon, which often has a red color, hence the “blood” moon nickname.
Although it’s completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reaches the moon.
You don’t need special glasses or gizmos to view it, unlike a solar eclipse, so feel free to stare directly at the moon. Binoculars or a telescope will improve the view.