If you miss it, you'll have to wait two years for the next one - the next total eclipse won't happen until 2021, and the next blood moon will only be visible in our region in 2022. Combined together, people are referring to this weekend's lunar eclipse as the "super blood wolf moon". This special event also just happens to coincide with the January 2019 supermoon, which is now being called a Super Blood Wolf Moon.
The reddening of the moon comes from sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere. At that point, the moon will be completely submerged within the Earth's shadow, so it should be a nice spectacle to start the week.
If one were standing on the moon, looking back at the sun, one would see the black disk of Earth blocking the entire sun, but also a ring of reflected light glowing around the edges of Earth.
Sunday's eclipse is a "super" blood moon because of the specific time in its orbit when it's closer to Earth.
"The Earth is always casting a shadow away from the sun, of course".
Native Americans and colonial Europeans called January's full moon the wolf moon because wolves in the region would start howling due to hunger in winter, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. The moon is a wolf moon because it is a full moon in January.
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As our planet's shadow passes the moon, it turns a spooky red colour. But if you do have a telescope, you can use the maximum eclipse to check out the surface of the moon, which otherwise can be very bright under a telescope.
As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year.
"You don't need to go to a dark area, the moon is such a large object it can be seen everywhere". In total, this event will last a little over 3 hours. And if you want to shoot it with your DSLR, read our sister site PCMag's guide to How to Photograph a Total Lunar Eclipse. The total lunar eclipse happens when the whole Moon enters the shadow of the Earth; when just one part of the Moon's disc enters the shadow, that is a partial eclipse.
Space expert and author Dr David Whitehouse said that the best time to observe the "super blood wolf moon" in the United Kingdom is between 4:30-5:30 in the morning.
The Royal Museums Greenwich intend to host a Facebook Live event from 4am, where viewers can watch the grand spectacle.