DON'T MISS: Super blood moon total lunar eclipse this month

James Marshall
January 12, 2019

The blood part is the total eclipse: the reddish color of the moon that comes from light scattering in the earth's atmosphere will give it that bloodish tint.

"It's the same reason we have red sunrises and sunsets", said Noah Petro, a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Well, it is believed that Blood Moons brings disaster on Earth like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Due to this, the next massive celestial event of 2019, the Total Lunar Eclipse or the Super Blood Wolf Moon has become the most anticipated events for the sky watchers, given that they are not Luke Skywalker. "It will at some point enter the shadow of the earth and you will see the earth's disk-like shadow come across the face of the moon".

The Super Blood Wolf Moon will happen later this month.

A supermoon is a full moon when it's within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth during its monthly orbit, or perigee, making it appear about 7 percent bigger than the moon when it's at its average distance.

Petro bristles at the "supermoon" label, though, because NASA only considers the closest moon to Earth of the year a supermoon and that one occurs in February.

As for the "wolf" description, the term originated from Native American tribes and early colonists to define a full moon that occurs in January.

"If you're out and about in the evening, say around 8:30, 9, 10 on that night and you happen to glance up at the moon, it's going to look significantly different", Bromley said. Under that definition, this month's full moon is a super moon as it is 222,274 miles from Earth, according to EarthSky.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the event is a total lunar eclipse, but it's made up of a trifecta of other designations for the moon, which is where the words "blood", "super" and "wolf" play in. However, according to the Almanac, most people won't be able to spot the difference.

How Can I See It?

The event starts late in the evening January 20 in the Eastern Time Zone (EST) and finishes during the wee hours of January 21. The entire event will take about 3.5 hours, according to National Geographic.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article