The Super Blood Wolf Moon Cometh
This weekend we are going to get to see a lunar eclipse and it will be awesome!! If the weather holds out for clear skies, and so far it is looking good. That is one thing that hampers stargazing, cloud cover. I don’t mind spotty cloud cover it makes for cool pictures.
So what is the super blood wolf moon? It is a lunar eclipse of the full January moon, known as the wolf moon. It is a super moon because it is in a very close orbit to earth, so the moon appears larger in the night sky. A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and the earth are in a straight line, known as called syzygy, this casts a red shadow on the moon.
The lunar eclipse will occur on Sunday night January 20th into Monday morning January 21st. It will take a little over 5 hours for this to occur and the moon will be in full lunar eclipse for about an hour. I have seen several of these and it is really cool. Looking forward to taking pictures with the new camera too. Thankfully this will last long enough for me to figure out what i am doing, wrong.
Hit the beach or look for an area with a cool foreground to get that killer picture. As long as it is dark in your area you will have a great view. Hopefully I don’t have to leave my dark property in the country, because it will be wicked cold too, but oh so worth it.
From the website timeanddate.com there are several site you can look at online for a live view of the lunar eclipse.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Rehoboth Beach*||Visible in Rehoboth Beach|
|Penumbral Eclipse begins||Jan 21 at 02:36:29||Jan 20 at 9:36:29 pm||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse begins||Jan 21 at 03:33:54||Jan 20 at 10:33:54 pm||Yes|
|Full Eclipse begins||Jan 21 at 04:41:17||Jan 20 at 11:41:17 pm||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Jan 21 at 05:12:14||Jan 21 at 12:12:14 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ends||Jan 21 at 05:43:15||Jan 21 at 12:43:15 am||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse ends||Jan 21 at 06:50:39||Jan 21 at 1:50:39 am||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ends||Jan 21 at 07:48:02||Jan 21 at 2:48:02 am||Yes|
The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.195.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.168.
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 12 minutes.
The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 15 minutes.
The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 2 minutes.