January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon


Full lunar eclipses occur between two and four times a year.

Why is it called the Super Blood Wolf Moon? No, it's not a death metal band - it's a rare lunar phenomenon that will occur on January 20.

The new year will get off to a splendid begin when an uncommon ruddy orange body called a Super Blood Wolf Moon graces the sky in January, Forbes reports.

Astronomy fanatics are in for a treat January 20, when Earth will pass between the sun and full moon to create a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon's silvery shine into a blood-red glow. This phenomenon is termed as Super Blood Wolf Moon.

When the moon approaches the elliptical orbit of Earth and tracks less than 223,000 miles from Earth during its full phase, particularly over the horizon, it's considered as a Supermoon.

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Interestingly, the total lunar eclipse happening in winter 2019 will not be just like any other. This is quite so as the total lunar eclipse takes place when the moon is near perigee, the point at which it is in closest distance to Earth than usual, making it appear larger. Because the Earth blocks the sun from casting any light directly on the moon, it's only visible with indirect light filtered through the Earth's atmosphere.

At last, a full moon in January has been known as a Wolf Moon as far back as pilgrim times, with the goal that's the place the "wolf" some portion of the name originates from. It'll be a blood moon, meaning a total lunar eclipse.

According to timeanddate.com, the event starts at 9:32 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 20 and will go on into the morning of Monday Jan. 21.

People in South America, Europe and Africa also should be able to view January's eclipse. The full month of January is referred as Wolf Moon. It'll coincide with a supermoon and a wolf moon. Wolves are said to breed during the months of January and February, so they are more active and communicate by howling.

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