On January 20, 2019, the moon will pass through Earth’s shadow for a total lunar eclipse. As this happens to be during the Full Wolf Moon, which is also a “supermoon”, it is called the Super Blood Wolf Moon. The good news is that it is fully visible from your backyard, right here in Berks. The bad news is that the forecast is for cloudy skies…
Lunar Eclipse Timing
The partial eclipse will occur from Sunday 10:33pm. The total eclipse will occur Sunday 11:41pm to Monday 12:43am and taper off until 2:48am.
So what does Super Blood Wolf Moon mean? A Super Moon occurs when the full moon is at its closest point to Earth. (It Looks bigger and brighter than usual.) The Blood Moon part comes in because the moon will appear blood red as it passes into Earth’s shadow. Finally, Wolf Moon refers to the name for January’s moon.
The next total lunar eclipse visible in the U.S. will occur on May 26, 2021.
We found the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society – BCAAS telescope at Trooper Thorns watching the lunar eclipse. Big thanks to Elan Lift for braving the cold weather to show us the moon.