If you enjoy gazing at the twinkling of stars and the phases of the moon in the evening sky, then you are in for a real treat January 20th, as the appearance of the rare Super Blood Wolf Moon graces the sky. This phenomenon is actually the convergence of a few lunar events.
First, there will be a total lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon. This occurs when Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, causing the Sun's light to bend towards the Moon, creating a spooky reddish hue. After January 2019, the next total lunar eclipse will occur in 2021.
Secondly, the Super Blood Wolf Moon takes place during a supermoon. This occurs when a moon's full phase coincides with the point in its orbit when it comes closet to Earth. These two factors make the moon look 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than it normally appears.
Lastly, a full moon in January has been called a Wolf Moon. This term dates back to Colonial times, when frightening stories and events centered around the belief in werewolfs that howled and prowled during the brightness of a full moon.
In North America, we can expect to see the Super Blood Wolf Moon on January 20th around 9:12 EST. If you want to watch the moon change from a partial eclipse to a total eclipse, start gazing an hour beforehand. The crimson color will last approximately 60 minutes.
If you haven't seen this beautiful reddish-orange moon before, you will be impressed!