MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Mark your calendars! A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Mid-South in January.
A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth sits perfectly between the moon and sun. In other words, the moon sits in Earth’s shadow for a period of time.
In the Mid-South, we will be able to see the eclipse in its entirety (depending on cloud cover, of course). The partial eclipse will start on the night of January 20 at 9:33 p.m. This means that a portion of the moon will be covered starting at this time.
However, the main event will be the total lunar eclipse. This is when the moon is completely in the Earth’s shadow and the moon takes on a red hue. This begins at 10:41 p.m. and lasts until 11:43 p.m. After that time, it will be a partial eclipse until 12:50 a.m. when the moon eventually is no longer in the shadow of Earth.
This is an extra special total lunar eclipse because it is also referred to as a wolf moon, blood moon and a super moon.
So what does all of that mean? A wolf moon refers to the first full moon of the year. It’s called a blood moon because of the reddish tint of the moon during the eclipse. Lastly, it’s a super moon because the moon will be making its closest approach to earth. Therefore, the moon will be slightly bigger and brighter during this eclipse.
Have any additional questions about the eclipse? Let your First Alert Weather Team know!