Super blue blood moon: What to know about the rare celestial event

Skywatchers will be able to glimpse a rare phenomenon on Jan. 31.

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This week, skywatchers will be able to glimpse a rare phenomenon: a super blue blood moon.

The event may sound like a complicated tongue twister, but it's really just the confluence of three celestial occurrences.

Most days the moon is nearly 238,855 miles from Earth, but during the super moon it will be approximately 223,068 miles away, according to NASA. During a super moon, the moon can appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when a full moon passes into Earth's shadow, making the moon appear red -- hence the nickname blood moon.

Altogether, the three events -- a blue moon, a super moon and a blood moon -- will make for a spectacular show the last night of January.