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Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse

          Unfortunately, most of us have already missed the first partial solar eclipse of 2019. This occurred on January 6, 2019 and was visible to parts of East Asia and the Pacific.  We will have to wait until 2021 to see the next partial solar eclipse and then it will only be visible in parts of South America and Antarctica. But what we still have a chance to see what some are calling the “ Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse” on January 21, 2019. This is a rare occurrence of the total lunar eclipse and a super moon will take place on the night of Sunday January 20,2019 at 11:41 p.m. to the morning of Monday January 21, 2019 at 12:44 a.m. The peak occurrence of the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse will be at 12:16 a.m. and is a sight you don’t want to miss (Source 3).  

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Skywatcher Keith Burns took this montage of images, which shows the Dec. 20, 2010, total lunar eclipse. The montage won a NASA contest to become an official NASA/JPL wallpaper for the public.
Keith Burns/NASA/JPL

            A super moon is a full moon but it’s at the closest point to Earth during its orbit, which will make it appear larger than usual. Super moons can only be seen a few times a year.  A lunar eclipse happens when the earth moves between the sun and the moon. This eclipse does not occur very often because the moon travels around the earth on a tilted axis allowing the earth and moon to never shade each other’s shadows. The tilt is fixed relative to the position of the sun and stars. The shadow on the moon casted by the earth is called the umbra. When the Earth completely blocks the sunlight from hitting the moon and will appear reddish in color- this is where the term “Blood Moon’ comes from.  If you want to learn more about this phenomenon check out this video from NASA.  

           We see the Moon all the time and usually take it for granted. This month appreciate the land we walk on and explore new environments not letting the cold keep you in. But also try to appreciate the sky above us because we are also connected to this even if it seems so far away. 

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During a lunar eclipse, Earth blocks most of the sunlight that normally reaches the moon. This NASA illustration is not to scale.

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