Don't miss the 'super blood wolf eclipse' Sunday night

Pablo Tucker
January 18, 2019

In recent years, a number of blood moons have captured global attention, causing some to speculate about a possible connection to prophecy and the End Times.

While total lunar eclipses are not especially rare, the 2019 version takes place early enough in the evening that it can be enjoyed by USA stargazers of all ages, said George Lomaga, a retired astronomy professor from Suffolk County Community College.

If you're hungry for the eerie sight of a total lunar eclipse, you have to keep the weather in mind.

The only total lunar eclipse of 2019, it gets underway Sunday just after 9:30 p.m., according to NASA.


This will be "an epic moon event, according to those in the know at Space.com".

The phenomenon will occur overnight into Monday and will be visible all over the UK.

This Monday, January 21, marks the last lunar eclipse of the decade and the only Super Wolf Blood Moon of the period.

"It's going to be a moon, but it's going to look like you painted it orange!"


To describe a lunar eclipse, I like to use a movie theater analogy.

This means the moon will appear slightly larger in the sky. West Africa and the western half of Europe will also get to take in most of the show. In all, assuming good weather conditions, this shady little drama will have a potential viewing audience of some 2.8 billion people. For the upcoming eclipse, the "orchestra seats" will most definitely be in North America, which will see this celestial performance high in the midwinter sky.

From New York City at midtotality, the darkened moon will stand 70 degrees up from the southern horizon - your clenched fist held at arm's length measures roughly 10 degrees in width, so that's "seven fists" from the horizon. The last supermoon/lunar eclipse occurred in 1982.

And from eastern Cuba, the moon will appear directly overhead. The reason there's any color to the eclipse - or to sunsets and sunrises, for that matter - is because red light makes it through our atmosphere better than blue light, and the light cast on the moon during an eclipse is light that's peeking around the edges of the Earth through our atmosphere.


In addition to the Total Lunar Eclipse, it will also be a Supermoon, when the moon is at its closest spot to Earth in its orbit. The one in January is a wolf moon, a name derived from Native Americans, who heard the howling of wolves hungry for food in the dead of winter. The boy hasn't looked up ever since.

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