Rare ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ Will Happen In January

By: | January 9th, 2019

Super Blood Moon

The blood moon by MarioEppinger via pixabay.com

January 2019 is bringing lot of surprises for budding astronomers…thanks to meteor showers and a rare ‘super blood wolf moon’.

A rare lunar event – Super Blood Moon

On the Night of January 20 and 21 (depending on the time zone), we will be able to experience total lunar eclipse, super blood moon and a “Wolf Moon” or Super Blood Wolf Moon.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this rare event, if you miss this, next total lunar eclipse will not take place until May 26, 2021.

Super moon is a full moon with enhanced brightness. On that very day our moon will be at the closest point to Earth (the perigee). Moon is about 30,000 miles closer than it is at its furthest point away and it can appear approximately 14 % bigger and 30 % brighter.

As the moon is eclipsed by the shadow of the Earth, very little light that manages to pass from the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere lit up the Moon’s surface and makes it look red. However, Wolf Moon is a nickname given by Native Americans for a full moon that appears in the middle of winter.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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