Simply look up!
Sky watchers will howl with delight over this month’s celestial offering.
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 from southern Illinois.
The SIU Carbondale Physics Department and the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois are hosting a special free public astronomy observation.
See the moon go through its many stages at the Neckers observation deck on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 p.m. to Jan. 21 at 1 a.m.
Telescopes will be provided.
Here’s a closer look at the times you’ll want to look up:
- Penumbral Eclipse begins Jan. 20 at 8:36 pm
- Partial Eclipse begins Jan. 20 at 9:33 pm
- Full Eclipse begins Jan. 20 at 10:41 pm
- Maximum Eclipse Jan. 20 at 11:12 pm
- Full Eclipse ends Jan. 20 at 11:43 pm
- Partial Eclipse ends Jan. 21 at 12:50 am
- Penumbral Eclipse ends Jan. 21 at 1:48 am
The SIU 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.
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