ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - If you are into stargazing and fun space events, we’ve got ourselves a really fun sky event that will occur during Sunday night, January 20, and Monday, January 21.
During this overnight event, a “Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse” will occur. Earth will be between the sun and the moon during this time. Earth’s shadow will sweep over the lunar surface and give it a reddish tint, which is what some folks call a “blood moon”.
This late January moon event will be visible on the night-side of Earth, which also includes South America, the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Western Atlantic Ocean and extreme Western Europe. The moon will also be a “Supermoon”, which is when it is closer to the Earth than average and appears slightly larger. We won’t have another Total Lunar Eclipse available for viewing in the night sky in the U.S. until May 2021. With that being said, if you end up missing this late January viewing of this moon show, you’ll have to wait another two plus years until the next opportunity.
The “Wolf Moon” part in the name is from Native Americans and medieval Europeans who named the full moon in January after the howling of hungry wolves lamenting the midwinter scarcity of food. Besides the “Wolf Moon”, it’s also been named an old and ice moon.
This lunar eclipse will be the first of two that occur throughout 2019. Meanwhile, while this lunar eclipse is happening, there will also be a partial lunar eclipse that occurs on July 16, 2019. The next total lunar eclipse, like the one that will occur on January 20 and January 21, won’t happen again until May 26, 2021.
A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days or so, roughly once a month. This is when the moon moves to the side of the globe which is directly opposite of the sun, which then reflects the sun’s rays off its full face and appears as a brilliant, perfectly circular desk.
Enjoy the show during the overnight of Sunday January 20 and Monday January 21, 2019 as long as the skies are clear!
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