Supermoon rising over downtown Fort Wayne

The blue moon supermoon rises Tuesday evening in the eastern sky beyond the revolving bread sign on Aunt Millie's Bakeries in downtown Fort Wayne. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

The blue moon supermoon rises Tuesday evening in the eastern sky beyond the revolving bread sign on Aunt Millie's Bakeries in downtown Fort Wayne. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

The blue moon supermoon rises Tuesday evening in the eastern sky beyond the revolving bread sign on Aunt Millie’s Bakeries in downtown Fort Wayne.

Tonight through early Wednesday morning, local residents will have the rare opportunity to experience a blue moon, supermoon and lunar eclipse, all rolled into one.

A blue moon is the second full moon in the same month. A supermoon takes place when a full moon occurs at the time in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth.

The lunar eclipse, which is predicted to take place from about 6-11 a.m. Fort Wayne time on Wednesday in the United States, happens when the Earth’s shadow passes over the moon, which may cause the moon to turn red in color, it said on the Night Sky Network’s website. The lunar eclipse will just get underway as the moon sets on the East Coast, so people may get to see a little more of the eclipse in the Fort Wayne area.

The best chance for viewing the total lunar eclipse will be in areas west of the Mississippi River, the website said.

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