Rare 'Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse' to Take Place in January
Three separate phenomena to appear on Jan. 20: lunar eclipse, super moon and wolf moon
Americans, Canadians, British, and many others in the Western Hemisphere will see a rare "super blood wolf moon eclipse" rising, should the skies be clear enough in the middle of January.
Reports suggest this “super blood moon” will mark the final lunar eclipse visible to anyone on Earth until May 26, 2021.
The rare lunar phenomenon will occur on January 20th, 2019, and is the concurrence of three separate phenomena — a lunar eclipse, a supermoon, and a wolf moon.
The moon is due to find itself engulfed in Earth’s shadow, casting a red glow over the night sky from January 20-21.
This will coincide with the time when the moon reaches its closest point to Earth, known as the “perigee,” according to NASA.
Together, they’re likely to create a spectacular sight when the sun, Earth, and moon all align on January 20 at 9:12 p.m. PT/January 21 at 12:12 a.m. ET.
According to ABC, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is positioned between the sun and the moon, casting the moon completely in the Earth's shadow and giving it an organ-ish, "bloody" look.
Full lunar eclipses occur between two and four times a year.
A supermoon occurs when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest possible distance to the Earth.
According to EarthSky.org, the moon's orbit will take it between 221,681 miles and 252,622 miles this year.
On Jan. 20, the moon will be about 222,274 miles from Earth as a full moon.
Finally, the "wolf moon" is just another name for the first full moon of the year.
This year's full moon just so happens to coincide with a lunar eclipse and a supermoon.
The super blood wolf moon eclipse will occur at 12:12 a.m. ET on Jan. 21, but you'll be able to watch the moon turn from white to orange in the hours beforehand.
Jan. 20 will mark the final time a lunar eclipse and a supermoon occur at the same time until May 2021.
According to Global News, The phenomenon will see the moon totally covered for just over an hour, but the entirety of the eclipse is expected to last just under 3.5 hours, NASA reported.
The greatest eclipse is expected to happen at 12:13:27.1 a.m. ET.
January’s super blood moon eclipse will be visible to much of the Western Hemisphere, including Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and South America.
The eclipse will also be visible to western Africa and much of Europe, but it won’t be seen in countries such as China, India or Australia.
This isn’t the first time in the recent past that such a phenomenon has appeared in the sky.
The first day of 2018 bore witness to a “wolf moon,” a supermoon that showed up 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual.
Later in the month, a supermoon coincided with a lunar eclipse that could be seen from western North America to eastern Asia.
That marked the second supermoon that month, and it was a blue one, NASA said at the time.
The event took on a unique name: the “super blue blood moon.”