A 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' is happening this weekend

Gwen Vasquez
January 18, 2019

While not all that rare of an event, the moon will be 356,000 km distant, making it less than 50,000 km closer than most of the time.

There is, however, a legitimately interesting celestial event coming: a total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the sun, moon and Earth line up, with the Earth passing between the sun and the moon.

Hoping to watch this weekend's "super blood wolf moon" eclipse from South Florida? That's why an eclipsed moon is sometimes known as a blood moon.

For most onlookers this will be the most intriguing part of this astronomical treat as the moon dramatically undergoes its colour change.

Unlike 2017's solar eclipse, the eclipse will be visible with the naked eye and is safe to look at directly. On Jan. 20, the moon will be about 222,274 miles from Earth as a full moon. The eclipse will begin around 3.30am and the Moon will be completely eclipsed around 5.40am.

Finally, full moons are given monthly names, and this one happens to be the "wolf" moon. From Hawaii to ME, all 50 states will have a chance to see it - the most widely visible lunar eclipse in the United States since October 2014.

Super Blood Wolf Moon sounds like a lot, and it is, but it's also better than big-red-moon-in January-covered-by-shadow, which is basically what all that means. A supermoon can appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a "micromoon", or 7 percent bigger than an average full moon. But that last part is because of something much cooler: an eclipse.

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Joel 2:31, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awful day of the Lord come". It could also take on little to no color, he said.

The sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, which filters out most of the blue light. It will be the first full moon of the year (a "wolf moon").

The red effect is due to Earth's atmosphere.

The moon rises the evening of January 30th, 2018 along the St. Petersburg waterfront. It could look reddish (a "blood moon").

A cold front is expected to pass through the region Sunday, which will drop an arctic chill into the area, quickly plunging overnight temperatures into the 40s during the eclipse.

This will be the first Total Lunar Eclipse (TLE) entirely visible from the island of Ireland since 2015 - with the next not taking place until 2028.

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