SAN FRANCISCO (CROWN) – star observers are happy – you will not want to miss this upcoming event, which should be one of the books!
January 20 and January 21 you will have a chance to see both a total lunar eclipse and the first super-lunar event of the year at the same time!
It will be visible in the sky throughout North America, South America, as well as parts of Europe and Africa.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the earth. As the moon passes through the earth's shadow, the moon will have an orange tint, so it is called the "blood moon", according to Space.com.
Some actually call it the “super-wolf moon of blood” because lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon, and the first full moon in January is also known as the moon of the wolf, according to CNN.
The January lunar eclipse will occur when the moon reaches that part of its orbit where it is closest to Earth, also known as perigee.
This means that the moon will look bigger, thus the name "supermoon".
NASA says the January lunar eclipse will last about an hour.
For those of you who are in Louisiana, you will see that the eclipse reaches its goal – the point at which it seems completely orange / rusty – from 10:41 pm. until 11:43 pm on Sunday, January 20th.
If you want to catch the next one, mark your calendars – the next total lunar eclipse is expected on May 26, 2021.
– CBS 17 contributed to this story