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Harvest SuperBloodMoon: Once in a generation lunar event set for tonight

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A rare series of lunar events not seen in more than 30 years will combine for a spectacular show for stargazers Sunday night.

The Huffington Post reports people in North and South America, Europe and Africa will be treated a celestial event.

Starting in Minnesota just after 8 p.m. and last till around 11:30 p.m, sky watchers will see:

  • A lunar eclipse, creating a red hue that is referred to as a "blood moon."
  • A Supermoon, the moon will be at its closest point to the earth this year (the perigee), making it to appear 14% larger and 33% brighter.
  • A Harvest Moon, with this being the closest full moon to the fall equinox.

NASA has a detailed explanation of how each of these combine, which you can see here.

While lunar eclipses, when the moon is blocked from the sun by the earth's shadow, are not a particularly rare occurrence (it's the 4th in two years), we haven't seen the eclipse of a harvest supermoon since 1982, according to NASA.

It will only be the sixth event of its kind since 1900, and it won't happened again until 2033.

The partial eclipse will start just at 8:07 p.m., for Minnesotans, with the full lunar eclipse beginning at 9:11 p.m., ending at 10:23 p.m.

There is a decent chance most of Minnesota should get to see it, with Sunday set to be a sunny day, albeit Weather.com says there could be a "few clouds from time to time" Sunday night.

USA Today advises that the best place to view the moon is anywhere "where the skies are clear" and there is less light pollution around, so those in the Twin Cities might want to do some research before finding a spot.

The newspaper has also provided some tips on the best way to photograph the moon, saying snappers should avoid long exposures and set their shutter speed to 1/15th or 1/8th of a second.

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