Super Blood Wolf Moon 2019 Will Actually Happen At A Decent Hour!!!
First Name Tom, Last Name Foolery… And I’m Everybody’s Uncle!
Especially you guys…
So you thought there wouldn't be anything exciting to spot in the sky once Santa's sleigh made its rounds a few weeks ago?
Think again. Both professional astronomers & amateur stargazers (myself included) are incredibly psyched about the first astronomical phenomenon of 2019: a supermoon coinciding with a total lunar eclipse, making for a huge and colorful nighttime display. So what time is the Super Blood Wolf Moon taking place? That's the best part of all: You'll be able to see it without losing too much sleep.
First, a little explanation. On Sunday, January 20, the first full moon of the year will rise. When that happens, it's called a "supermoon," because it occurs during a lunar perigee, as the moon's orbit brings it closer than usual to the Earth and it appears larger than normal, according to NBC News. To make things even more interesting, this big moon will undergo an eclipse visible before midnight throughout the US, noted Space.com. It's not often a total lunar eclipse can be seen so early across all six American time zones, so we're lucky to be able to catch it now.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the sun & moon, casting a shadow across the moon for a period of time before the sun's rays once again illuminate it. The dust & ash emitted from our planet help scatter the sun's rays, creating a rusty tint on that shadow & making the moon appear a striking red color — hence the term "blood moon."
Space.com gives a complete timetable of the hours in which the eclipse will be visible, depending on where you live. States in the Eastern Time Zone will start to see the moon darken around 10:34 p.m., so Central Zone states will see it at 9:34, Mountain Zone states at 8:34, Pacific Zone states at 7:34, & Alaska at 6:34. Hawaiian residents will start seeing the eclipse at 6:41 in their zone, when the moon will already be partly dark.
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By: Shana Aborn