SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Stargazers are pleased – you will not want to miss this coming event destined for the books!
On January 20th and 21st, you have the chance to see both a total lunar eclipse and the first supermoon of the year!
It will be visible in the skies of North America, South America, and beyond from Europe and Africa.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon and Sun are on opposite sides of the Earth. As the moon moves through the earth's shadow, the moon appears to have an orange tint, which is why it is called "blood moon" according to Space.com.
Some actually call it "Super Blood Wolf Moon". Because lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon and the first full moon in January is also called CNN "Wolf Moon".
The lunar eclipse will occur in January when the moon reaches the part of its orbit closest to Earth, also known as perigee.
This means that the moon will appear larger, hence the name "Supermoon".
NASA says the lunar eclipse will take an hour in January.
For those of you in Louisiana, you will see the eclipse reach totality – the point at which it appears completely orange / rusty – from 10:41 pm to 11:43 pm on Sunday, January 20.
If you & # 39; Remember to catch the next, mark your calendars – the next total lunar eclipse is predicted for May 26, 2021.
– CBS 17 contributed to this story