The full moon on January 20 will be a great one – a super wolf blood moon, thanks to a lunar eclipse that takes place in a Superman.
Supermones fall when the moon is near Periji – the point of its orbit closest to Earth – when it's full. According to NASA, the moons appear larger and brighter, as much as 14 percent brighter.
Lunar Oclipses are popularly called "Blood Moons." The January full moon is traditionally called the Wolf Division.
The Moon goes Sunday night at 5:17 PM, according to the website and date. The eclipse will begin at 10:33 pm With the moon nearly two-thirds as high in the sky as it will reach.
Full Eclipse is 11:41 pm With the moon reaching its highest point for the night. The entire eclipse lasts about an hour, and the moon will move completely out of eclipse at 1:50 am.
A lunar eclipse takes place when the earth comes in between the sun and moon, casting its shadow over the lunar surface.
A totally oblong moon is often called a blood moon because of the orange or reddish effect the orb can take in the oclipse.
But take care who you remind that too.
"The best way to get an astronomer – amateur or professional – all ripped up is to say" blood moon eclipse. "The one couldn't be bright or red," Cheryl Richter's Colonel Astronomer Professor Emeritus said. .
"Full Lunar Oclipses tend to look reddish because blue light of the sun is scattered more strongly than red by the Earth's atmosphere," George Chartas, a college astronomer professor who is the director of his observatory.
But "blood is not a scientific term," he said.
To have an eclipse in a supermon and exotic sounds, but it is not. We only have one last January. Supermones drop out half a dozen or so times per year.
As a side note, they bring higher tides. Forecasts call for high tides in the weekend's 6-foot flooding.
The January Full Moon is called the Wolf Moon in both American and European native cultures, according to time and day. There is no real world evidence that wolves are more active in it.
But the stealthy predators are nocturnal and more likely to be seen in the full moon in the winter, when undergrowth cover is naked.
The lawn that wolves howl at the moon, though, has a blood-sterling truth to him. They tend to point their faces to the sky to call, which makes the sound go further.
"I'm inclined to think that something we call the moon is good if it generates interest in astronomy and in the science behind which makes London's color ranks," said Jim Hoffman of the Lodda Stargysters astronomy group.
The stabilizers plan to set up telescopes to see the event, weather permitting. For more information, go to www.lowcountrystargazers.org.
And keep your finger crosses. Free weather signs are not encouraging. Weather can't be reliably predicted much more than a week ahead, but a long-term review by the private company AccuWeather suggests Jan. 20 It will be cloudy and rainy.
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