A RARE celestial event is set to light up the skies tonight.

The super blue blood moon will take place, meaning there will be a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse all in the same night.

It will be the first time the three elements have combined for 150 years.

Supermoons occur when the moon reaches its closes point to Earth, meaning it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky.

A blue moon can be seen when two full moons (or super moons) occur in the same calendar month.

This supermoon is the last in the ‘Supermoon Trilogy’ which began in early December, the second supermoon - also known as a Wolf Moon - was visible on January 1.

On the same night there will be a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow.

The eclipse will give the moon a reddish colour known as a blood moon.

As the eclipse will occur at around 1.30pm GMT it won’t be visible from the UK.

Dr Gregory Brown, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said the moon will rise at about 5pm and will remain in the sky until 8am the following morning.

He said: “It will be high in the sky from about 19:00 and will be at its highest, and thus best, time at around 00:40.”