AUSTIN (KXAN) — Skygazers across the nation are setting their sights on a lunar eclipse set to take place Sunday. Texans who stay up late should get a good view. Here’s all you need to know about the uniquely-named “super blood wolf moon.”
1. What’s with the name?
- Supermoon: When a full or new moon coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a larger-looking moon
- Blood moon: While not an official astronomical term, this is just another word for a total lunar eclipse. This is when a full moon passes directly through earth’s shadow, causing it to turn a rusty orange or dark red
- Wolf moon: A wolf moon is the name bestowed upon January’s full moon. Native American and early Colonial cultures gave it this name because it appeared when hungry wolves howled outside the villages
2. See it now while you can.
It is the last lunar eclipse of this decade.
3. You’re in a good place to view it.
The entire eclipse is visible across the U.S. (including Texas) for the first time since 2010
4. Be on the lookout for other sights in the sky
When the moon is covered by earth’s shadow, reduced light pollution will make other stars and shooting stars more visible
5. Eclipse timing
- Sunday night, Jan. 20 — Monday morning, Jan. 21
- Partial begins: 8:36 p.m. CST
- Total begins: 10:41 p.m. CST
- Peak: 11:12 p.m. CST
- Total ends: 11:43 p.m. CST
- Partial ends: 1:48 a.m. CST
6. The local forecast looks great for viewing
Clear skies, calm winds, and cold temperatures near 38°F