When and how to watch the ‘blood wolf moon’



Between January 21 and 22 you will see the “supermoon of wolf blood”, a phenomenon that will make the Earth’s satellite look brighter and larger than usual presenting a reddish tone, then move to an eclipse total. The second eclipse of the year can be seen in America and the Moon is expected to be seen with dazzling colors.

If the sky is clear, it can be seen from Uruguay and from any point of the planet, since unlike solar eclipses, moles are visible from anywhere in the world, once the Moon is over the horizon at the time of the eclipse, according to experts explained to the EFE agency.

Anyway, there are areas where it looks better than others and this time, according to ABC, it will look better in North America, South America, Western Europe, and Africa. The first will take place on Sunday, January 6 and it will be a partial solar eclipse. This cannot be seen from all over the world, but can only be seen from Asia and other countries of the North Pacific.

Why is this “wolf” moon called? Simply because the full moon of January is traditionally called “wolf moon” in the United States, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, by a tradition that comes from the native American tribe of the Algonquin’s, according to the Spanish site 20 Minutes. According to information from NASA, it will be one of the most important astronomical events that will occur in 2019.

It will start on the night of January 20, beginning at 11:30 pm and continue until a little before 3 in the morning.

The “blood” moon, a term that neither scientists nor astronomers use, is because of the reddish color with which it is seen that night. The experts simply talk about a “lunar eclipse” to refer to this phenomenon that will occur before the end of the month. Two weeks later, on January 20 and 21 there will be a second chance for all of us who live in South America. Those days will be the total eclipse of the moon. It can also be seen from North America.

Lunar eclipses occur when passing through the shadow of the Earth, which does not happen every month because the Moon’s orbit is slightly inclined with respect to the Earth-Sun (ecliptic), explains the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands the EFE agency. This total eclipse will occur at the exact moment when two more phenomena will occur and therefore its relevance. On the other hand, the “Superlunary”, which is when the star approaches 10% more to the Earth, and on the other hand, this will be the first full moon of the year, event that the old American inhabitants together with the European populations of the Middle Ages called “Wolf’s Moon”.

In the case, during the whole process, the Moon does not disappear from sight but acquires a reddish hue since the sun’s rays that will cross the atmosphere will diffuse, except the red ones, which will be diverted by the atmosphere illuminating the surface lunar. Lunar eclipses occur when the Moon, the Sun and the Earth align perfectly.

It is known as “Moon of Blood” to the visual effect that occurs when part of the sunlight that crosses the Earth’s atmosphere curves around the edge of the planet Earth and rests on the lunar surface, adopting a reddish color. It is important to know that it is only a visual effect and that the Moon remains the characteristic gray color.

The Earth’s atmosphere, which extends about 80 kilometers beyond the Earth’s diameter, acts like a lens diverting sunlight, while effectively filtering its blue components, allowing only red light to pass through which will be reflected by the Moon, giving it a characteristic coppery glow, During the super lunar (full moon occurs near the perigee), the lunar diameter can increase up to 14%, and its brightness, about 30%, compared to a full moon at the height.


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