A Super Blood Wolf Moon is a rare occurrence, as it sees the combination of a supermoon – where the moon appears bigger and brighter than usual and a blood moon – a total lunar eclipse. The ‘wolf’ name is given to the full moon every January, originating in Native American culture. But some across the globe might be let down by stormy conditions, thwarting a clear view.
Will NASA live stream the eclipse?
NASA fans might be disappointed to learn the US space agency has not scheduled a live stream of its own as it does for some eclipses.
But fear not, NASA has instead suggested an alternative.
The astronomers at TimeandDate.com will host their own live stream HERE, and they have the backing of NASA.
NASA’s Lyle Tavernier said: “What if it’s cloudy where you live? Winter eclipses always bring with them the risk of poor viewing conditions.
“If your view of the Moon is obscured by the weather, explore options for watching the eclipse online, such as the Time and Date live stream.”
The Blood Moon live stream will kick off at 3am GMT on Monday in the UK or 7pm PDT and 10pm EST in the US.
You can also catch the event via the Virtual Telescope Project HERE, who partner with several astrophotographers in Europe and Americas to bring this unique show to the world.
If you live in the eastern half of the globe, you will miss the eclipse completely and will have to wait until May 26, 2021 for the next total eclipse.
A partial eclipse of the Moon will next pass over South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia on July 16, 2019.
Up to 50 percent of the Moon will vanish in the Earth’s shadow during the partial eclipse, which is a breathtaking lunar spectacle of its own.
After that, there will be four minor penumbral eclipses of the Moon in January, June, July and November 30.
What is the Super Blood Wolf Moon?
The phenomenon gets its name because of it’s ‘super’ close distance to the Earth and it’s ‘blood’ reddish hue.
The title of ‘wolf’ is given to the January full moon.
This is thought to date back to Native American tribes and early colonial times when wolves would howl outside villages.