Once in a blue moon, we have a Super Wolf Blood moon

Published: Jan. 14, 2019 at 2:46 PM AKST
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It’s a rarity — a total lunar eclipse that coincides with the moon being at its closest point to Earth. On Jan. 20, 2019 North and South America will be able to see the Super Wolf Blood moon.

The “super” part is a result of the moon at

when the moon is at its nearest point to Earth during its orbit. It will appear seven to 14 percent bigger than a “regular” moon.

Every full moon during the year has a name. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the January full moon is the “wolf” moon.

“Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily,” the Almanac reads.

And it’s a “blood” moon because of the total lunar eclipse which makes the moon appear red or orange. During a total lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon are aligned in space. Light gets refracted around the earth, and Earth’s atmosphere strips out the blue light leaving red, orange and gold to reflect on the moon.

“How gold, orange, or red the Moon appears during a total lunar eclipse depends on how much dust, water, and other particles are in Earth's atmosphere, as well as factors such as temperature and humidity,”


The question is…will Alaska be able to see the Super Wolf Blood moon?

The answer....Yes —

weather permitting


The partial eclipse will begin at 6:33 p.m. AKDT on Sunday. The full eclipse starts at 7:41 p.m. and ends at 8:43 p.m. The partial eclipse — as the moon is leaving Earth’s shadow — ends at 9:50 p.m.

The next total lunar eclipse will not occur until May 2021.