The last such event, when a total lunar eclipse coincided with a 'Supermoon' occurred 33 years ago, and it has happened only four times in the last 115 years.
A 'super blood moon' only happens during a lunar eclipse and when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit.
As the the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, it takes on a deep-red colour due to the only sunlight reaching it being refracted through the planet's atmosphere.
Civilisations throughout the ages look at this celestial rarity as an ominous sign of an apocalypse.
This is the last total lunar eclipse visible anywhere on Earth until 2018, according to Sky and Telescope magazine.
It will be visible across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific, NASA said.
Weather permitting, folks in the eastern half of North America can watch every stage of the eclipse, from beginning to end of the partial phases, with the moon mostly high in the sky, Sky and Telescope reports.
In the West, the first partial stage of the eclipse will already be in progress when the moon rises in the east around sunset.

There is no need special glasses or gizmos to view it, unlike a solar eclipse, so feel free to stare directly at the moon.


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