The moon will turn red over the United States on Sunday night, January 20th. It will be the first total lunar eclipse visible in its entirety across the U.S. since December 2010. It will be the last total lunar eclipse of the decade.
A total lunar eclipse occurs during a full moon when the moon passes directly through the Earth’s shadow, which causes it to turn a rusty orange or dark red color.
The term ‘blood moon’ has become popular in recent years, although it is not a term used in astronomy.
Why is it called a ‘super blood wolf moon’? According to accuweather.com: Preceding the terms ‘supermoon’ and ‘blood moon,’ a full wolf moon is simply the name bestowed upon January’s full moon. Long ago, the full moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. The three terms have been combined to form a long-winded nickname. Super Blood Wolf Moon.
Clouds are expected over a lot of the western U.S. but there could be enough breaks in those clouds for people to see the eclipse from San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix. If it looks like the clouds will be blocking your view, there are live stream options, including the Time and Date live stream.
Take a look at the times below. Happy viewing!
Sunday night’s total lunar eclipse:
6:36 p.m. PST: LUNAR ECLIPSE BEGINS
8:41 p.m. PST: TOTAL ECLIPSE BEGINS
9:12 p.m. PST: MAXIMUM ECLIPSE
9:43 p.m. PST: TOTAL ECLIPSE ENDS
11:48 p.m. PST: LUNAR ECLIPSE ENDS