Millions of people throughout the world will be able to view a partially red-hued night sky coming up on January 20th. A super wolf blood moon eclipse is upon us!
The entirety of North America hasn’t had a decent view of this unique celestial event in at least three years. According to NASA, another total lunar eclipse (which occurs when the entire Moon enters Earth’s shadow) isn’t expected to happen again until 2021.
“There is a little less than one total lunar eclipse per year on average. A lunar eclipse can only happen during a full moon when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun,” Walter Freeman, an assistant teaching professor in the Physics Department at Syracuse University, said in an emailed statement to Fox News.
“But the Moon’s orbit is tilted a little bit compared to the Earth’s, so usually when the Moon is full, the Earth’s shadow passes a little bit above or a little bit below it. This is why we don’t have a lunar eclipse every month.”
The January 2019 total lunar eclipse will last an amazing 1 hour and 2 minutes, according to Space.com. The event will begin around 11:41 p.m. ET on Jan. 20 and peak around 12:16 a.m. ET on Jan. 21.