Wolf Moon Eclipse This Weekend
We are set for a Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse to happen this Sunday night (January 20), into Monday morning. If the weather cooperates, it will be a total lunar eclipse that is visible for North and South America, Europe, West Africa and part of Russia. The full moon, or Wolf Moon, in January dates back to Native Americans in North America, where tribes named the moon cycles to help track the seasons. The hungry howl of the wolf is associated with cold, snowy winters.
A lunar eclipse happens when Earth passes between the sun and moon, blocking the sun’s light and causing a reflection off the moon. This will only happen when there is a full moon, which will be about 10:41 p.m. on Sunday night for our area. Totality is expected to be unusually long for this event, lasting about one hour and two minutes.
Sometimes during a lunar eclipse, the moon can turn a red or orange color, which is referred to as a “Blood Moon.” It is difficult, if not impossible, to predict when a Blood Moon can occur in advance. So, be on the lookout for a potential Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse this weekend. It could be an exciting treat!
Click here to see a timetable of the eclipse on January 20-21, 2019, courtesy of the Farmers’ Almanac.
Sources: Farmers’ Almanac, pexels.com