MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/CBS Local) – Mark your calendar for Sunday, Jan. 20, if you hope to see one of the most epic celestial shows of 2019. Best of all, you won’t have to stay up too late or get up early to see it.
While a large part of the world will see the total lunar eclipse, the best viewing will be in North and South America.
In Minneapolis, the event will begin at 8:36 p.m. as the Earth’s penumbra starts touching the moon’s edge. The partial eclipse will start at 9:33 p.m., with totality arriving at 10:41 p.m. and lasting until 11:43 p.m.
According to Space.com this will be the last total lunar eclipse until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022.
So where does the name Super Wolf Blood Moon come from?
- Supermoon – when a Full Moon is at perigee, or it’s closest approach to Earth
- Wolf Moon – the name given to the January Full Moon
- Blood Moon – the reddish tint during a lunar eclipse as sunlight is filtered and refracted by Earth’s atmosphere – the exact shade varies based on the particulates in the atmosphere