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Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse tonight

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A rare event is set for tonight.

There will be a supermoon lunar eclipse and it will be the first one in more than 30 years.

Weather experts say there won't be  another one for nearly two decades.

A supermoon is a full moon at it's closes point to the earth, which makes it look larger.

A lunar eclipse is when the moon looks dark as it passes into the earth's shadow.

We are told lunar eclipses happen every year, and so do supermoons, but not usually at the same time.

 "There's a lunar eclipse occurring at the same time so this is a rare event," said Dr. Scoot Bounds, a Research Scientist at the University of Iowa. 

The public is welcome to watch the event take place from the Van Allen Observatory on the University of Iowa campus starting at 7 p.m.

"I'm really excited about looking through a professional quality, yes a professional quality telescope," Scott Wittenkeller told us, who plans on attending the viewing.

We are told you will be able to see the event without a telescope, some tell us they prefer it that way.

"You're better off not watching it through a telescope, pair of binoculars might be nice, adds a little magnification but you don't want to watch this through a telescope," said Bounds.

We're told people that want to see this rare event should go outside, look to the east and try to find a spot without a lot of trees.

A supermoon lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, because instead of going dark, the moon will appear red.

We are told this rare event will be visible all across the state as long as the weather cooperates.

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