On Sunday night, January 20th, plan on going outside to survey what has to be the coolest name for a celestial event: the Super Blood Wolf Moon. If that doesn’t sound cool enough, this event includes the moon getting bigger and then changing color with a lunar eclipse. All this is according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The event got its name because it’s both a Super Moon and a Blood Moon, and… I can only assume that a wolf was involved in the process somehow, so they put that in the name too.
The moon will pass into the shadow of Earth and appear reddish in color. That’s our Blood Moon. The lunar eclipse will begin Sunday evening, about 8:35 p.m. in the Central time zone, and will carry into the wee hours of Monday morning, around 1:50 a.m.
The full moon will reach its peak in the daytime on Monday, about 11:16 a.m. Central. It’s called a Super Moon this time, because it’s both a full moon and it’s as close as it can be to Earth in the moon’s orbit. It’s said to appear a little larger and brighter than the moon on a normal day.
The timeline in the Central Time Zone:
- Sun Jan 20 08:35 p.m. Lunar Eclipse Begins
- Mon Jan 21 01:50 a.m. Lunar Eclipse Ends
- Mon Jan 21 11:16 a.m. Full Moon Peaks