Photo credit: skeeze/CC0 Creative CommonsJust occasionally on its journey through space, the moon passes into the Earth’s deep shadow and turns red. The internet usually goes insane, and this January is no different in advance of Sunday/Monday’s rare celestial event. In the pre-dawn hours in western Europe, and in late evening in North America and South America, a total lunar eclipse will occur for precisely 62 minutes, though the entire event technically lasts for just over five hours. Some call it a ‘blood moon’, which suggests it turns a deep, crimson colour. It does nothing of the sort, looking much more like the colour of the sun during a sunset. Others call it a ‘super blood moon’ because this full moon is slightly closer to Earth than most full moons, so looks very slightly larger. It’s even being called a ‘super wolf blood’ moon because some Native Americans are said to have called January’s full moon the wolf moon. Whatever the internet has decided to call it matters not, for on January 21/22 a magnificent total lunar eclipse will occur for the third time in a year, but for the last time for many years. Here’s everything you need to know about this celestial grand finale. What is a super blood wolf moon eclipse? The media tends to hype up eclipses these days (something astronomers who’ve happily watched these events alone for decades absolutely hate), and this coming lunar eclipse is being called a super blood wolf moon eclipse. Its… [Read full story]
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