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A Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse is Coming

The full moon has many names, depending on the conditions. Mark your new calendar for the night of January 19-20, 2019, when the convergence of several of these unique conditions will bring us a light show called a Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse.  

What a way to start a year of spectacular celestial sights. With Earth between the Sun and Moon, our satellite in its 'full' phase will turn a gorgeous red-orange-copper color for an hour or so during this Total Lunar Eclipse. Totality is at 9:12 p.m. PST on January 20 and 00:12 a.m. EST on January 21 from North America, but do look for the change from partial eclipse to total eclipse over the preceding hour or so. The event goes into reverse afterward. It's visible on the night-side of Earth, which includes South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean, the western Atlantic Ocean, and extreme western Europe. It's also a Supermoon (when the moon is closer to Earth than average, so appears slightly larger), and the last Total Lunar Eclipse visible from the U.S. until May 2021, so enjoy it while you can.

So where does the "wolf" part come in? That's the common name for the full moon in January. You'll find a schedule for all the spectacular celestial events happening in 2019 at Forbes. -via Mental Floss

(Image credit: Irvin calicut)

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I actually rather dislike a lot of the coverage of things like "supermoon" and now "wolf moon" are getting. I've bumped into a few too many people, especially when doing science outreach work in the past, that had amateur astronomy ruined for them by unrealistic expectations. It is hard to say how many of them would have cared otherwise, but often the result is blaming the hobby or field and not the clickbait stories themselves.
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