This year brings a total lunar eclipse on Sunday evening.
This Sunday’s total lunar eclipse is being called a “Super Blood Wolf Moon” Eclipse.
Just a few hours before the peak of the full Moon, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from all of North, Central, and South America.
•The partial eclipse begins at approximately 10:33 P.M. EST (7:33 P.M. PST) on January 20.
•The total eclipse begins about an hour later, at 11:41 P.M. EST (8:41 P.M. PST), and will last for approximately one hour. This is the time to look skyward!
What is a Blood Moon?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, which causes the usually bright full Moon to turn a dark, coppery-red. Hence, this eclipsed Moon is being nicknamed the ”Blood Moon” in the media. “‘Blood Moon’ is not a term used in astronomy. It’s more of a popular phrase, perhaps because it sounds so dramatic. It simply refers to a ‘total lunar eclipse.”
What is a Supermoon?
A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is both full AND reaches the point in its orbit where it’s closest to Earth (at “perigee”). A Supermoon appears ever-so-slightly larger and brighter than a typical full Moon, though the difference is negligible when viewed with the naked eye.
The Full Wolf Moon reaches its peak on January 21, 2019, at 12:16 A.M. EST, just after midnight (January 20 at 9:16 P.M. for those in PST).
This means that the full Moon can be viewed best on the night of January 20.