Full Moon January 2019, with bonus eclipse!

“Blood Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

As you have likely heard, the full moon for January is going to be an exciting one! The full moon will occur Sunday night and here in North America we’ll see a total lunar eclipse (as depicted in my photograph from a few years ago above). Now, I say we’ll see the lunar eclipse, but of course you have to avoid having clouds in between you and the moon, and here in New England that is looking unlikely. But you never know…

If the skies cooperate, you can see the eclipse on the East Coast from about 10:30 pm until 1:45 am, with the eclipse being total from about 11:30 to 12:30. Unlike a solar eclipse, you can watch a lunar eclipse with your naked eyes.

You may have seen references to this being a Blood Moon, a Wolf Moon, and a supermoon…the Blood Moon refers to the eclipse (and the color the moon often turns, based on atmospheric conditions), the Wolf Moon is a very common name for the January full moon, and a supermoon means that the moon is a bit closer in its orbit and appears 5-10% larger in the sky than is average.

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