Super blood wolf moon eclipse coming on January 20th - 21st

Katie Ramirez
December 28, 2018

It's being called a "Super Blood Wolf Moon", and it will be visible across all of the continental USA, starting on January 20, and reaching its peak on the following night January 21.

Full lunar eclipses occur between two and four times a year.

This lunar trifecta will reach its peak at 12:16 a.m. ET on January 21 and will last about 3 hours and 17 minutes from start to finish, according to NASA.

Sky watchers will welcome the New Year with an exciting phenomenon: a rare Super Blood Wolf Moon that will coincide with a total lunar eclipse.

January 21 marks the date for our full moon.

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During the eclipse, the moon will appear to be a "reddish copper color", Butler University professor Brian Murphy told the newspaper. This is quite so as the total lunar eclipse takes place when the moon is near perigee, the point at which it is in closest distance to Earth than usual, making it appear larger.

The newspaper says the next total lunar eclipse will happen on May 26, 2021.

Put the three together, and you have the "Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse".

For three hours and 17 minutes next month, the moon will look red thanks to the total lunar eclipse.

A very cool sounding event is happening in 2019. There are usually 12 full moons in a year and each one has a traditional name. The "wolf" moon was named after the wolves that would howl out of hunger in the dead of winter.

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