Total lunar eclipses on average come about once a year; however, from Sunday night, Jan. 20, through Monday morning, Jan. 21, both the North and South american continents will get the see the sun, Earth, and moon line up perfectly to show the entirety of the eclipse for the first time in nearly two decades. This special event also just happens to coincide with the January 2019 supermoon, that is now being referred to as a super Blood Wolf Moon.
Assuming good weather conditions, the eclipse has a potential viewing audience of billions.
Here’s what you should understand the 2019 supermoon eclipse Sunday night:
What is a supermoon and lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon darkens as it travels through Earth’s shadow. Earth orbits the sun at a distance of about ninety three million miles, while the moon is about 239,000 miles far from Earth. On January 20-21, the moon will be at its nearest point to Earth, otherwise known as perigee. The Earth’s shadow is 3 times as large as the moon at that time.
The moon on January twenty will also be a supermoon. A supermoon means the moon seems larger in the sky due to the full moon being at its nearest approach to Earth.
Why is this total lunar eclipse special?
The January 2019 lunar eclipse will show the penumbral, partial, and total stages and will be viewable by the americas for the first time in nineteen years. This won’t happen again until 2058.
Usually, the Moon’s alignment only allows for a penumbral eclipse or a partial eclipse. when the right alignment happens, the penumbral eclipse leads to a partial eclipse, that becomes a total eclipse, showing the brightest stars and planets in just about sixty two minutes.
Why is it referred to as a Super Blood Wolf Moon?
Native Americans and colonial Europeans called January’s full moon the wolf moon because wolves in the region would start howling because of hunger in winter, according to The old Farmer’s Almanac.
On a more modern note, National Geographic explains that this eclipse corresponds with the wolf moon that is the traditional name for January’s full moon.
During a total lunar eclipse, the earth blocks the light from the sun, giving the moon’s surface a red glow, that many refer to as a Blood Moon.
The moon on January twenty will be nearer to the earth than usual, making it larger and brighter, making it a supermoon. This event also starts a triad of 2019 supermoons with the next ones arriving on February nineteen and March twenty one.
Where will the lunar eclipse be seen and when?
The eclipse will be visible to South and North America. to see if the eclipse is visible in your area, go to
The penumbral eclipse starts at 9:36 p.m. E.T. on January twenty, according to the site. The Earth’s shadow starts moving over the Moon and not easily seen to the eye. The eclipse peaks at 12:12 a.m., and the penumbral eclipse ends at 2:48 a.m. the total viewing is about five hours and twelve minutes. you’ll also watch the lunar eclipse online Timeanddate.com will live stream the event.
Is it safe to look at the lunar eclipse with the naked eye?
The lunar eclipse is safe to watch without special glasses (unlike the August 2017 eclipse) because the moon is in the Earth’s shadow throughout the eclipse, meaning there’s less light coming from it.