Super Blood Moon

Super Blood Moon, a phenomenon wherein the Moon appears red or reddish brown, will
take place on January 20 and 21 this year. Stargazers will be able to view a trifecta of events
which includes a total lunar eclipse, super blood moon and a “Wolf Moon” or Super Blood
Wolf Moon.

This rare event will not be visible from across most parts of Asia, including India, though it
can be viewed from across the America as well as parts of western Europe and Africa. What
makes this event special is that a total lunar eclipse will not take place until May 26, 2021,
which is a long wait.

This is also the first total lunar eclipse visible across the entire U.S. since about 8 years ago.
When the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, it’ll turn a coppery color — a mix of red and orange.

Thirdly, this event will involve a full moon. Get this — it’s also a Super Moon because its orbit will place it a little closer to Earth, so it’ll appear to be slightly larger than normal.

Super Blood Wolf Moon: What is it?

Super Blood Moon happens during a total lunar eclipse when the Earth passes in between the Sun and the Moon, blocking the Sun’s light from falling directly on the Moon. However, the little light that manages to pass from the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere lit up the Moon’s surface and makes it look red.

During a total lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and the Moon are perfectly lined up. Also, a lunar
eclipse only takes place when there is a full Moon. The Moon appears larger and brighter during a Super Moon given it is closer than usual to the Earth. Wolf Moon is the name given by native Americans to a full moon that appears in the middle of winter.

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