Super Blood Wolf Moon: Watch this nature’s miracle on Jan 20-21

Christopher Davidson
January 5, 2019

This is going to be a trifecta of three astronomically events- a lunar eclipse, Super blood moon, and Wolf Moon. Still, there's plenty to see in the night sky over the next 12 months. This will be the first solar eclipse in the year 2019.

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun is obscured by the moon.

The moon doesn't orbit the Earth in a flawless circle, but rather elliptically, and it can get as close as about 222,000 miles away.

When is the next total lunar eclipse?

January's partial solar eclipse will the last until April 2022, when another will be visible in parts of South America and Antarctica. Called the Super blood wolf moon eclipse, the earth's satellite will turn up the sky all bright and red in its glow.

All of those things come together overnight from January 20-21 as the super-close full moon becomes the star of a total lunar eclipse. Full moons can occur at any point along the Moon's elliptical path, but when a full moon occurs at or near the perigee (closest distance to Earth), it looks slightly larger and brighter than a typical full moon.

On July 2, people in parts of Chile and Argentina will be able to witness a total solar eclipse just before sunset. However, a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and sun are on opposite sides of Earth.

The longest possible lunar eclipse is 1 hour and 47 minutes, according to EarthSky.

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The eclipse will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10:34 p.m., according to space.com, reaching its greatest point of eclipse at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 21.

Behind the phenomenon can be observed in North and South America and in the Western regions of Europe and Africa.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, but the bodies are not perfectly aligned.

Also unlike its solar counterpart, the lunar eclipse will be completely safe to watch without glasses or gizmos.

July's partial lunar eclipse will be the last until November 2021.

Most folks in Asia, India included, will miss the entire eclipse, whereas persons in eastern Europe and eastern Africa will just get to view the partial lunar eclipse, which begins before 10:11am, and remains after the 62 minutes mark. Mercury will appear a small dot against the Sun and everyone will be able to observe it with a telescope. Annular comes from the Latin word for ring, "annulus".

When is the next total solar eclipse?

The moon will pass through the shadow, or umbra, of the Earth.

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