The Super Blood Wolf Moon is the final lunar eclipse of this year – and the whole of the United States will get to see the whole event in its entirety. NASA has encouraged people to get outside and take a look as the next total lunar eclipse is not until May 26, 2021. And this weekend’s eclipse is not your average kind but a combination of a supermoon, blood moon and wolf moon all rolled in one. A supermoon is a full moon which appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual, while a wolf moon is the name given to any full moon in January.
While cloud coverage is set to block much of the lunar eclipse for skywatchers, residents are in Tennessee are in luck as good viewing conditions are predicted by Accuweather.
When is lunar eclipse visible, time, how to watch Blood Moon
Stargazers in Tennessee can catch the Super Blood Wolf Moon from late on Sunday, January 21 into the early hours of Monday, January 21.
The partial eclipse starts at 9.33pm CST before the total eclipse begins at 10.41pm CST.
Maximum totality will be at 11.12pm CST, with the total eclipse finishing at 11.43pm.
And if you want to stay up a little bit longer, the partial eclipse ends at 12.50am CST on Monday.
The entire eclipse including the penumbral phase, lasts five hours and 12 minutes, while totality is 31 minutes.
The US is not the only country able to witness this weekend’s blood moon.
The UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Norway will also be able to see it in full.
While watching through a telescope may give you some advantages, there is really no need to secure specialist equipment in order to watch.
Just make sure you wrap up warm and find a quiet spot where you can enjoy moon gazing undisturbed.
The night sky will look even more spectacular if you can escape light pollution.
Why does the moon turn red during a total lunar eclipse?
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and earth fully align.
The moon does not cast any light of its own, its bright light comes as its surface reflect sunlight.
But during a total eclipse, the Earth blocks this light and the only light reflected has been refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere.
The red colour is caused by a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering as lights of short wavelengths are absorbed and scattered in different directions.