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Will we see the super blue blood moon over Norfolk?

PUBLISHED: 12:18 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 29 January 2018

A super moon rises above King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A super moon rises above King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2015

Stargazers will be treated to the sight of a rare lunar phenomenon this week.

A super blue blood moon is set to light up the sky on Wednesday, January 31 for the first time in 150 years.

According to NASA this particular moon is special for three reasons: “It’s the third in a series of supermoons, when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit - known as perigee - and about 14 percent brighter than usual.

“It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a blue moon. The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse.

“While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon.”

Sadly the full effect won’t be visible from the UK as the eclipse will occur during the daytime at around 1.30pm, but a super blue moon will be seen later that evening.

For those who wish to witness the celestial event, NASA will be livestreaming the eclipse from 10.30am via nasa.gov/live

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