Friday, 18 January, 2019

Usher in the new year with a total lunar eclipse

A sinking A blood moons seen after a full lunar eclipse near Munich Germany in July 2018
Theresa Hayes | 28 December, 2018, 18:40

The ideal celestial alignment will be enhanced by the fact that it coincides with a "supermoon", which means it will look bigger and brighter than usual.

Get ready for the "super wolf blood moon" coming up in January!

The total lunar eclipse will be witnessed on the evening of January 20 to 21 wherein the rare Super Blood Wolf Moon is going to pass through the northern half of Earth's shadow, according to meteorologist Scott Sutherland who revealed the news through The Weather Network.

Near the end of January, the moon will be completely covered in the Earth's shadow creating a total lunar eclipse - and this will be a good one. Also, the full moon is both a Supermoon and a Blood Moon, which obviously explains why it is named Super Blood Wolf Moon. The event will start at 9:36PM and the total eclipse will start at 11:41PM in the Eastern time zone, ultimately ending a little before 3AM ET.

According to National Geographic, this will be the last total lunar eclipse until May, 26.

The New Year is kicking off with a total lunar eclipse on January 20. The next one will be in May 2021, according to Space.com. You'll need to be in North America.

Michael Deneen, the founder of an astronomy club in Gloucester, said that the red hue that gives the phenomenon its eerie name comes from the scattering of sunlight through Earth's atmosphere. It's actually the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red! "If you're on the moon, you'll see a ring of fire around the planet". This year's full moon just so happens to coincide with a lunar eclipse and a supermoon.