LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On Jan. 20, this Sunday night, we are expecting a total lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse is what happens when the sun, earth, and moon align.
At this point, the moon moves into the shadow of the earth, causing the moon to look dark because of the shadow cast by the earth. The moon can appear red because of how the light filters through the earth’s atmosphere before reaching the moon.
This total lunar eclipse has been called online the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ by several sources. This very long name is actually pretty simple:
Super Moon: When the moon is in its full stage and closest to the earth.
Blood Moon: When the moon has a reddish tint.
Wolf Moon: A historic name created by the Native Americans and medieval Europeans to describe the moon during January. Each of the month’s have a name like this which can be found by clicking here.
All of these things come together to create the cool name of Super Blood Wolf Moon, which we are going to see this Sunday! This begins during the evening hours at around 9:30 pm with a partial eclipse and reaches its peak at 11:15 pm. The total eclipse is expected to last around 30 minutes until 11:45 pm before becoming a partial eclipse again before ending at 1:00 am.
Thankfully, viewing conditions are looking decent as we head into the night tonight. We do have a few high cirrus clouds that could disrupt viewing conditions. You may have to wait a little while for a clear view of the Total Lunar Eclipse. That being said, temperatures, which are forecast to fall into the 30s tonight! So before heading out to view the Super Blood Wolf Moon, be sure to bundle up!