Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse will be the last until 2022

The early hours of Monday, 21 January will be the last chance to see a total lunar eclipse until 2022.

The total phase of this total lunar eclipse will be visible from North and South America, Europe and western Africa. Central and eastern Africa and Asia will see only a partial eclipse of the Moon.

During the eclipse, the moon will still be visible, but it will appear to be red which is why a lunar eclipse is often called a “Blood Moon”. The first full moon of the year is called a Wolf Moon. It is named after howling wolves in winter in the northern hemisphere.

A lunar eclipse can only occur during a full moon phase. As this full moon will appear to be one of the largest of 2019, NASA describes the lunar eclipse’s full moon as a “super” moon. The term supermoon has only been used in the past few decades. It became especially popular during the three consecutive supermoons of 2016.

Although total lunar eclipses happen about one to three times per year, after this one there will be a gap of three years until another one is visible. Some partial lunar eclipses will however take place.

Total eclipses happen only when the Earth moves precisely between the Sun and Moon

WATCH: Get ready for the Super Blood Moon of 2019

 

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Amanda Coetzee
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