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Last “super blood wolf moon” until 2037 visible this weekend

Posted at 7:23 AM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 08:23:36-05

Get your telescopes ready. A rare conjunction of celestial events is coming this weekend.

On the evening of Jan. 20, three elements will make up the “super blood wolf moon,” where the full moon will turn a spooky shade of crimson during a total lunar eclipse.

The wolf moon is simply the folk name for a moon that happens in the month of January. The super blood moon is a total lunar eclipse.

The supermoon means the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in orbit and it appears 10 to 15 percent larger in the sky.

A blood moon is simply a name given for a total lunar eclipse. When the sun, Earth and moon briefly line up, the shadow of the Earth casts a reddish shadow on the moon.

Put all of that together, and you get this Sunday’s “super blood wolf moon,” which won’t be visible again until Jan. 31, 2037.

NASA says this eclipse will be totally visible across North America. The event starts at 9:33 p.m. and ends at 12:50 a.m.

Meteorologist Maclovio Perez says we will have beautiful conditions for viewing the event, but it will be cold.