A new year brings the promise of new and exciting things, and the sky is delivering: You’ll be able to see a heavenly phenomenon in mid-January.
On Jan. 20, a full lunar eclipse, sometimes known as a blood moon, will take place. It’ll coincide with a supermoon and a wolf moon.
The eclipse will be visible for all of North and South America, consistent with space.com.
From start to finish, the lunar eclipse will last three hours and seventeen minutes, and totality will last one hour and 2 minutes, according to NASA.
On the West Coast, the eclipse begins at 7:33 p.m. and totality begins at 8:41 p.m., according to space.com. Totality ends at 9:43 p.m., and the eclipse ends at 10:50 p.m.
It’ll be the second year in a row San Luis Obispo County will have front-row seats to a lunar trifecta. The county observed a super blue blood moon in January 2018.
A eclipse causes the moon’s appearance to change as it enters Earth’s shadow, according to space.com. throughout the eclipse, the moon turns a rusty, red color, that leads to the moniker “blood moon.”
A supermoon refers to either a new or full moon that coincides with the time of the month when the moon is at the nearest point to Earth in its orbit, according to EarthSky.
And a wolf moon refers to the January full moon, according to timeanddate.com. the web site is planning to livestream the eclipse.
The next total lunar eclipse will happen on may twenty six, 2021, and will be visible over the Pacific Ocean.