Everything you need to know about Wednesday's super blue blood moon

Star-gazers will need to wake up at the crack of dawn to witness the rare event.

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Only about half of the U.S. will get a glimpse of the full event

Timing will be of the essence of those in the Central time zone. While they may get a peek of the lunar eclipse, once the sun rises and the moon sets, it will be too bright outside to detect the eclipse, New York City-based photographer Stan Honda told ABC News.

Those on the East Coast won't be completely left out. They will have a full view of the super blue moon, which they should go out to see on Tuesday night, the night before the lunar eclipse, when it will photograph the best, Gabriel Biderman, a professional nighttime photographer and founder of photography group National Parks at Night.

Check when the moon is rising and setting in your home town

Biderman suggests that people find out exactly when the moon is rising and setting in their location to determine the perfect time to go out and see the lunar eclipse.

Those on the West Coast will need to get up at the crack of dawn to catch the super blue blood moon.

In San Francisco, for example, the partial eclipse will begin at 3:48 a.m. and go into total eclipse from 4:51 a.m. to 6:07 a.m., according to NASA.

Expect a "stunning" event

When stargazers look to the western sky for the event, they will first see the moon dimming as it passes into the Earth's shadow, Petro said.

The sky will then get dark, and the moon will transform into a "beautiful" red color once it is completely submerged in the earth's shadow, he said.

What is a super blue blood moon?

The super blue blood moon is simply the coincidence of three lunar events: A super moon, a blood moon and a blue moon, Petro said.

A blood moon is a term used to describe a total lunar eclipse, which is when the moon appears darkened as it passes through the Earth's shadow. The total lunar eclipse is given the "blood" nickname because of the "beautiful" red color caused by the projection of all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets onto its surface, Petro said. The next lunar eclipse visible in the U.S. will be on Jan. 21, 2019, according to NASA. It won't be a blue moon, but it will be a super moon.