Moon madness! 'Super blue blood moon' stuns over morning sky

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A special “super blue blood moon” stunned on Jan. 31. (Source: NASA/3TV/CBS 5) A special “super blue blood moon” stunned on Jan. 31. (Source: NASA/3TV/CBS 5)
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Space started 2018 off with a bang as a moon smorgasbord filled the last day of this month.

That's when most of the U.S. could see the "Super Blue Blood Moon!"

[SLIDESHOW: Super blue blood moon fills the sky]

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click/tap here to see photo of blood moon]

It's a pretty long name, but what exactly does it mean?

The "super" part refers to a supermoon when the moon is closer to the earth's orbit and appears bigger and brighter, about 14 percent brighter than usual.

The early morning hours of Jan. 31 will also be special because the moon will be a blue moon. It isn't actually blue, but it is the second full moon in a month, which doesn't happen often. You've maybe heard the term “once in a blue moon.”

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click/tap here to see photo of moonset times for the total lunar eclipse]

But the real show will be the total lunar eclipse that happens just before sunrise next Wednesday.

That's when the moon will pass through the earth's shadow. When this happens, the normally bright white moon will take on a reddish tint. That's where the blood part comes in with "blood moon."

The best time to see this in Phoenix will be 6:30 a.m.

Right now, it looks like the weather will cooperate, so get out your telescopes and cameras and get ready for a show! 

And if you do miss it, the next time this moon madness will happen is 2037. 

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click/tap here to see photo of super blood moon from Casey Davis]

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After starting his journalism career in Illinois, Ian worked in Albuquerque and later Sacramento. In the field as a reporter, he has covered flash floods, blizzards, tornadoes, wildfires, drought and just about everything the weather can offer. After spending some time reporting, Ian decided to further his education and completed Mississippi State's broadcast meteorology program. Ian loves everything about Arizona weather from winter storms in the north to the monsoon in the south. When Ian isn't giving you the forecast in the morning, you can find him hiking, traveling and exploring everything our great state has to offer. If you have any weather pictures or want to say hi, drop him an email or connect online.

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