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January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon

January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon”

Near the end of January, the moon will be completely covered in the Earth's shadow creating a total lunar eclipse - and this will be a good one.

This lunar trifecta will reach its peak at 12:16 a.m. ET on January 21 and will last about 3 hours and 17 minutes from start to finish, according to NASA. Events such as this occur when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow; the vagaries of orbital mechanics mean that this happens only occasionally.

Also on January 21, we get an opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse. Because the Earth blocks the sun from casting any light directly on the moon, it's only visible with indirect light filtered through the Earth's atmosphere.

Astronomy fanatics are in for a treat January 20, when Earth will pass between the sun and full moon to create a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon's silvery shine into a blood-red glow.

And then there's the blood moon.

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.

Some tribes named full moons based on the behavior of the plants, animals, or weather during that month.

So what exactly is a super blood wolf moon eclipse? There are usually 12 full moons in a year and each one has a traditional name.

Put the three together, and you have the "Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse".



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