Simply look up!
Sky watchers will howl with delight over next month’s lunar eclipse.
In the early hours of January 21, there will be a super blood wolf moon eclipse.
So what is it exactly?
It’s a combination of three separate things – a supermoon, a wolf moon, and a lunar eclipse.
- Super Moon: a new or full moon that happens at the time of the month when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.
- Wolf Moon: just another name for the first full moon of the year, according to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac.”
- Lunar Eclipse: A lunar eclipse causes the moon’s appearance to change as it enters Earth’s shadow. It turns it a rusty, red color.
This lunar trifecta will be visible all across the USA.
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will have several telescopes to view the total lunar eclipse Sunday January 20, 2019 between 8 and 11 PM. The telescopes will be located on the University of Arizona Mall just south of Flandrau Science Center. Flandrau will also be open late with activities. Eclipse timing (all times Tucson local):
Partial Eclipse begins 8:33 PM
Total Eclipse begins 9:41 PM and ends 10:43 PM with maximum eclipse at 10:12 PM.
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The Southern Illinois University Physics Department explains what you’ll see:
A lunar eclipse is a spectacular sight where the Moon is gradually darkened as it passes into the Earth’s shadow going from full to crescent, and eventually turning a dark shade of orange or maroon. The color of The color of the Moon during a total lunar eclipse is similar to a sunset on Earth. In addition to the Moon, several interesting celestial objects will be visible this evening with the best deep sky viewing happening when the moon is fully shaded and the skies darken during totality.