BBC and Space.com: The moon will pass through Earth’s shadow tonight in the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 and you won’t want to miss it!
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.
Skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere (see “Complete path of the 2019 Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse” photo below) will get a celestial treat tonight, Sunday (Jan. 20) and early Monday (Jan. 21), when the moon goes into eclipse and turns blood red.
What Will Happen?
During this spectacular lunar event, take note of the following:
- The moon will turn a striking shade of red.
- The moon will be near it’s closest point to Earth for the month, which some call a “supermoon.”
- It will be called a wolf moon because it will happen in January.
Combining the above information has led many to call tonight’s lunar event a “Super Blood Wolf Moon“.
The partial stage of the lunar eclipse begins at 10:34 p.m. EST Sunday night with the total eclipse beginning at 11:41 p.m. EST.
Totality lasts for about an hour, and then the moon will exit the partial eclipse phase at 1:51 a.m. EST Monday morning.
Is it safe to look at?
While solar eclipses are dangerous to view directly, the light from lunar eclipses is much fainter and so is completely safe to view without special equipment.
Can I View It Online?
Yes. Webcasts are available at Slooh.com, timeanddate.com and several other sites, as well as at Space.com, courtesy of Slooh. [Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse of 2019: Complete Guide]