Yes, you read that right! There is supposed to be a super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse on Sunday, January 20, that you will be able to see without a telescope!
Why Super Blood Wolf?
Accord to WRAL, here is how the lunar eclipse got this name.
“Super” because the moon is near its closest point to the Earth in its orbit, a perigee-syzygy.
“Blood” because of the reddish hue it takes on during totality.
“Wolf” for the name given January’s full moon in recognition of hungry wolves displeased about mid-winter’s scarcity of food.
When Does it Start?
You will really start to notice things happening around 10:33 p.m. as the partial eclipse begins when the Moon first touches the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow. If you keep watching for the next hour after that, you should be able to see the Earth’s shadow creeping across the face of the Moon from the bottom up.
When is the Best Time to Watch?
If you are only going to watch for a short period of time, WRAL recommends that you turn to the sky from 11:15 p.m. until 12:15 a.m. If you are watching then, you should be able to see the eclipse progress as the full Moon darkens to a shade of orangey-red through the point of greatest eclipse at 12:12 a.m.
Where is the Best Place to Watch?
We may be biased, but can you imagine taking in the eclipse lakeside at Lake Gaston? The moon + the water, it does not get much better than that!
This is the only lunar eclipse of 2019 so you are going to want to make sure you stay up for it! Grab a heavy coat and a blanket. Sub-freezing temperatures are supposed to arrive with the eclipse.
We hope you enjoy the eclipse and we cannot wait to see your photos. As always, we are here for all of your real estate needs in the Triangle, Lake Gaston, and beyond.