Late next month, the public will get to witness the Super Blood Wolf Moon, a total lunar eclipse that will take place on January 20. The celestial event will come nearly a year after the 2018 Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse, this one featuring a red tinge caused by the moon passing through the Earth’s shadow. Want to see it for yourself? You’ll need to be in North America.
The event will take place on the night of January 20 leading into January 21, depending on the viewer’s time zone and which part of the eclipse they’re seeing. The event will start at 9:36PM and the total eclipse will start at 11:41PM in the Eastern time zone, ultimately ending a little before 3AM ET.
How did the eclipse get its unique name? The moniker refers to the Full Wolf Moon, which will pass through the upper half of the Earth’s shadow on the night of January 20. The Earth’s shadow will cause the moon to have a dark red color, hence the “blood” part of the name.
In addition, this event will take place when the moon will be very near to its closest distance to Earth, which tacks the “Super” part onto the name. Many people in the US and Canada will get the chance to witness this particular eclipse, assuming the skies are clear.
This will be the last total lunar eclipse so easily visible in North America until May 2022, so be sure to schedule time to view it. The Weather Network provides an animated GIF showing all the time zones for viewing the eclipse, as well as the notable parts of the event, here.