'Super blood wolf moon eclipse' will take place on Jan. 20

Super blood wolf moon happening January 20	 	 	 			A family enjoying the 2018 lunar eclipse

Super blood wolf moon happening January 20 A family enjoying the 2018 lunar eclipse

This phenomenon is the first and last to occur across the winter skies within the next three years.

It's a lunar eclipse that causes the moon's appearance to change as it enters Earth's shadow. A supermoon is a new or full moon that is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth.

Another total lunar eclipse is happening nearly a year after 2018 Super Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse, only that it will not be a "blue" one this time around.

The rare lunar phenomenon will begin to appear on the night of the 20th and will slowly emerge into being just before midnight and continue as the calendar shifts to the 21st.

January 21 marks the date for our full moon. However, this is no ordinary eclipse: the event will coincide with a supermoon.

During the eclipse, the moon will appear to be a "reddish copper color", Butler University professor Brian Murphy told the newspaper. The wolf moon is said to have gotten its name because wolves would howl at this moon more than any other. In Native American times, hungry wolves would be seen near the towns and villages at a full moon.

Why is it called the Super Blood Wolf Moon? 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.

For three hours and 17 minutes next month, the moon will look red thanks to the total lunar eclipse.

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