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If you have a clear night tomorrow, the sky will have a special treat:

The eclipse, which will occur overnight on Jan. 20-21, will be the first lunar eclipse of the year and the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. It will be visible in North and South America as well as parts of western Europe and Africa.

January’s full moon is sometimes dubbed a “wolf moon” in the folklore tradition because it occurs at a time of year when hungry wolves howled outside villages. And since the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit around our planet this weekend, it will be a “supermoon.” As a result of these special cases — and because lunar eclipses are also known as “blood moons” — some are calling this eclipse a “super blood wolf moon.”

It will be late tomorrow night, but it will help to distract from our problems for a short time.


1 hipparchia { 01.20.19 at 4:27 pm }

a “wolf moon” … occurs … when hungry wolves howled outside villages

so, every moon since about nov 2016.

2 Bryan { 01.20.19 at 7:59 pm }

The wolves didn’t believe it until Jan 20 2017. Today marks the midpoint in this disaster because of the 2020 leap year. Tomorrow we count down from 730.

We may actually get to see the eclipse between 10pm and midnight. A “super blood wolf moon” is kind of symbolic for this era.

3 Badtux { 01.21.19 at 2:27 am }

Got to see nothing but clouds. It’s either been raining or threatening to rain all day long here in the SF Bay area :(.

4 Bryan { 01.21.19 at 12:48 pm }

It was straight overhead here and the fronts had moved through. I was going to try a picture but it was too cold and my phone and tablet don’t function with gloves. The controls on the Nikon are too small and precise for gloves. I had frostbitten fingers from Alaska, so they are very cold sensitive.

The only interference was the trees, and I had no intention of moving too far away from the house. It was quite bright, but didn’t appear especially large because it was directly overhead.

5 hipparchia { 01.21.19 at 4:53 pm }

A “super blood wolf moon” is kind of symbolic for this era.

too true.

we had gorgeously clear skies, and I did go out to the beach with my little tiny amateur telescope, but it was just too darn cold and I was just too darn tired and it was just too darn COLD, 😈 so I went home before i got a chance to see if it turned red.

but I do thank you for the link, without which I would not have known about what time to be there.

6 Bryan { 01.21.19 at 5:54 pm }

I would have gotten better view and possibly a picture if I had walked a half block and taken off my gloves, but it was “just too darn COLD” so I went out about every 15 minutes until it peaked.

Still. better than my family in New York – 0°, 16 inches of snow, and total cloud cover.