This lunar eclipse has been given a name that sounds like it belongs to a heavy metal band. But it's really all glitter, not gold. So let's break it down:
The term "supermoon" has come to be loosely in a full moon near perigee, or the point when it is near to earth in its elliptical orbit.
But when compared with the moon at apogee, when it comes to the moon, the differences come into focus. For example, on Monday, the moon will be about 222,040 miles away from our planet, in contrast to Jan. 9, when it was at apogee and about 252,350 miles away. A "supermoon" is about 1
This term was actually first coined in 1979 by an astrologer named Richard Nolle, not by an astronomer.
This is an embellishment of the coppery-red tint that the moon takes on any lunar eclipse. Sometimes it's more brown.
Nothing to do with werewolves.
The "wolf" title has been attributed to the Native Americans' name for January's full moon. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the term comes from the "Algonquin tribes who lived in regions from New England to Lake Superior."
"The 'wolf' part, it's almost like this stereotypical, romanticized Annette Lee, an expert in indigenous astronomy at St Cloud State University in Minnesota.
The term, "said, is an oversimplification that sets forth distinct Native American tribes together into one blob. For example, the Ojibwe tribe – which historically lived around Lake Superior and is a part of the Algonquin-language family – called both the month of January and its full moon the "Great Spirit Moon," she said. In their language, it is "Gichi-manidoo-giizis," according to Ojibwe.net.