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SPACE: Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse infographic
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Total lunar eclipse will be last until 2022

01/17/2019
Graphic News

January 20-21, 2019 -- North and South America, and parts of Western Europe and Africa will see the combination of a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon in January, the last such event until 2022.

For those in Europe and Africa, the total eclipse will unfold shortly before sunrise. For those in North and South America, the eclipse can be viewed at the beginning or in the middle of the night.

The full Moon will be in the Earth's shadow from 03:34GMT to 06:51GMT.

When the eclipse begins, a shadow will move in from the left, as if taking a bite out of the Moon.

The total eclipse will last about an hour, beginning at 04:41GMT according to NASA.

During the eclipse, the Moon will still be visible, but in a shade of red. That's why a lunar eclipse is often called a "blood Moon."

Many cultures had myths of some creature temporarily swallowing the moon; the January full moon is often called the Wolf Moon, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, and may date back to Native American tribes and early Colonial times when wolves would howl outside villages.


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