Stargazers in awe over 'Super Blue Blood Moon' lunar eclipse

Stargazers prepare for 'Super Blue Blood Moon' lunar eclipse

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A rare lunar event was visible over the United States on Wednesday.

The second and final supermoon of the year was in the skies on Jan. 31. A supermoon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point on the path around the earth.

The supermoon was also a blue moon, which is the second full moon of the month.

To round the uncommon celestial event out, NASA experts say there's also going to be a lunar eclipse of the super blue blood moon. Unfortunately for aspiring astronomers in Northeast Ohio, the lunar eclipse began before dawn with the moon low on the horizon.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth casts a partial shadow on the moon.

The last time a super blue blood moon lunar eclipse occurred was in 1982. The last time one was visible in North America was in 1866!

To celebrate, the Cleveland Metroparks has hikes planned in several different parks.

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