The blood moon part happens when the bright moon creeps directly through the Earth's shadow, causing it to turn to gold, copper or even a dark red.
Sunday's eclipse is a "super" blood moon because of the specific time in its orbit when it's closer to Earth. The name goes back to colonial times in the United States as well as Native American times, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.
"It's one of those events that every time you see an eclipse, every time you see Saturn's rings, every time you see one of these things in the night sky, it sticks with you", he said.
Let's be real: an emo teenager who spent her days listening to My Chemical Romance and attempting to create the ideal liquid line definitely came up with the term "Super Blood Wolf Moon", and you can not convince me otherwise.
Overall, the lunar eclipse will last about 3.5 hours on Sunday, January 20, with totality comprising 63 minutes of that.
But it's also a supermoon, where the moon is at its closest point to Earth.
It sounds like an alarming event possibly something to do with werewolves, but this weekend's super blood wolf moon eclipse will be safe enough. and spectacular. This leaves behind mostly red light that bends, or refracts, into earth's shadow. By about 10:30 p.m., it will become a full moon again, Thanjavur said. "A lunar eclipse can only happen during a full moon, when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun". The next time The last time lunar eclipse happened on July 27 previous year. For those outside of the Americas, the eclipse will coincide with Moon rise and Moon set.
On a more modern note, National Geographic explains that this lunar eclipse corresponds with the wolf moon which is the traditional name for January's full moon.
Europeans last saw a total lunar eclipse in July 2018.
Unlike a solar eclipse, which requires eye protection to safely enjoy the view, no extra measures need to be taken for hazard-free lunar eclipse watching.