'Super Blue Blood Moon' to grace skies Wednesday morning

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb.-- A good reason to get out of bed a few minutes early and look out your window on Wed., Jan 31, is the fact that a "super blue blood moon" is gracing the skies.

Meteorologist Jaclyn Gomez at the National Weather Service in North Platte explained that three particular solar events happen all at one time during the phenomenon.

"Super" refers to the fact that the moon's orbit is closer to the earth, and, therefore, the moon is a little brighter.

"Blue" means that it is the second full moon of the month.

"Blood" stands for the red or orange color of the moon during a lunar eclipse, where the moon passes through the earth's shadow.

Right now, forecasts suggest cloudy skies for Greater Nebraska, but Gomez says you might catch a glimpse of the spectacle if you are lucky.

"You'll want to go to the western horizon and take a look out there," Gomez said. "The moon will be at a lower elevation, so you'll want to make sure there are no trees or anything blocking your view."

Gomez adds that, because all of this is happening before sunrise around 7:50 a.m., the skies might be a little brighter, making it more challenging to see the super blue blood moon.

Gomez says that the partial lunar eclipse starts around 5:45 a.m., while the total lunar eclipse begins around 6:45 p.m.

With the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017, Gomez says more people have piqued interest in what is happening in the sky.

"I think that solar eclipse kind of heightened everybody's awareness of these eclipse events happening," Gomez said. "I think that kind of gives people a little more excitement with this lunar eclipse."

In spite of the potential clouds or brighter skies close to sunrise, Gomez believes taking a peek out your window on Monday morning could be worth it.