Mark your calendar and brace yourself! The New Year is all set to be more fun with a rare phenomenon nicknamed ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ will take place on the night of January 20 into the morning of January 21. There has already been a lot of discussion about the lunar eclipse which will make the full moon to appear red and slightly larger than usual for about an hour. The natural phenomenon will be visible from the US, South America, West Africa, Greenland, Iceland, and Western Europe.
What is Super Blood Wolf Moon?
Here’s what the event means:
Blood moon: The phenomenon whereby the moon appears reddish in colour as it is shielded from the Sun’s rays while the beams of sunlight filter through Earth’s atmosphere is called Blood Moon. During blood moon, full moon aligns perfectly with the Earth and Sun. In simple terms, the blood moon is when the Earth blocks the Sun, turning the moon from a white orb to a deep red orb. Also, the brightness of the red colour depends on the clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Supermoon: Supermoon is the occasion when a full moon is near or at a point when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth. The supermoon appears 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter.
Wolf moon: According to AccuWeather, full moon phenomenon in every month has different names given by Native Americans and medieval Europeans. The one in the month of January is known as ‘Wolf Moon’.
Will the phenomenon visible from India?
No, like most Asian countries, the phenomenon will not be visible from India. The phenomenon will be visible from the America, Greenland, Iceland, Western Europe and Western Africa. Those staying in Eastern Africa and Eastern Europe will only get to enjoy the partial lunar eclipse.
What are the timings?
According to the National Geographic report, the totality or total coverage of the moon will begin at 11:41 pm on ET on January 20 and will last for 62 minutes. The entire event which partial eclipse and total coverage will last for entire 3.5 hours.
When is the next total lunar eclipse?
The next total lunar eclipse will occur on May 26, 2021.