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Super blook wolf moon, eclipse visible Sunday

by Delana Smith
Published 1/16/20

The total solar eclipse in 2017 was a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Nebraska, as the path of totality passed right through our state from west to east. Lots of us grabbed our eclipse glasses and headed outside to view the incredible spectacle. While we won’t see another event like that anytime soon, there is another fantastically beautiful eclipse happening this weekend.

On Sunday [Jan. 20, 2019] night, a rare event will turn our eyes toward the sky. Several circumstances will combine to create what some are calling a “super blood wolf moon.”

The “super” part of the name means that the moon is as close in its orbit as it can get to the Earth, making it appear larger than usual. The full moon in January is known as a wolf moon, and the total lunar eclipse will turn the satellite red, resulting in what’s known as a blood moon. Because they are all happening together this year, we’ll get to see a “super blood wolf moon.”

On Jan. 20-21 the moon will pass behind the earth, into the planet’s shadow. Rather than reflecting the light from the sun, the moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow.

The eclipse will begin at 8:36 p.m. Central time. The eclipse will reach totality at 11:12 p.m., and it will end at 1:48 a.m. That gives you more than five hours to get out and witness this spectacular event.

Unlike a solar eclipse, you don’t need any special glasses or other equipment to see the lunar event. It’s perfectly safe to look directly at a lunar eclipse, though you may want to bring a pair of binoculars for a closer look.

The best viewing spots will be outside of the cities and away from the bright lights. Luckily, there are lots of places in Nebraska with wonderfully dark skies.

 

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