While a lunar eclipse is not so rare in itself, the fact that it is combined with a blue moon and a supermoon make this a once in a lifetime viewing.
The last time there was a super blue blood moon eclipse was 150 years ago in 1866, when Andrew Johnson was serving as the President of the United States following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
Skywatchers on the US’s west coast will have the best views of the eclipse, with NASA confirming that residents of Hawaii, Alaska and California all the way up to western Canada should be able to see the entire display, weather permitting.
Gordon Johnston, NASA program executive and lunar blogger, said: “For the continental US, the viewing will be best in the west. Set your alarm early and go out and take a look.”
The super blue moon eclipse will enter its umbral stage at 3.48am PT – where the moon starts moving into the Earth’s shadow – and reach totality at 4.51am.
Totality will last a full 1 hour and 14 minutes, ending at 6.05am, leaving plenty of time to take in the breathtaking views.
Mr Johnston continued: “Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the eastern time zone.
“The eclipse begins at 5.51am ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east.”
The moon appears with a red twinge over America as, when it is behind our planet, the Earth’s atmosphere bends the light, giving it the blood-like colour – hence the name blood moon.
It is also given the name blue moon – which is the technical term given to a total lunar eclipse that involves the second full moon in a month.
The first full moon took place in the first few days of 2018.