Watch a Phenomenon in the Skies With Local Experts
Watch the upcoming (Jan 20-21) Super Blood Wolf Moon with Astronomers at Carnegie Science Center on Pittsburgh's North Shore.
Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse. Say that 10 times fast!
It's the name that's been coined to describe a spectacular thing that will be happening in our skies beginning Sunday night January 20 and end early Monday morning January 21. Pittsburghers will get a special chance to experience it with astronomers at the Carnegie Science Center's SkyWatch Event . The action starts inside the Science Center's Buhl Planetarium Sunday at 9pm and moves outside for the real view. The event ends around 2am when the eclipse begins to reverse. Admission is $2 for Carnegie Museums members and as an add-on to general admission/$4 for nonmembers.
If you want to study up before you go, here's what a Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse means:
Lunar eclipse: A total lunar eclipse happens during a Full Moon, when the entire Moon passes through Earth's inner shadow.
Super Moon: National Geographic says a "super moon" occurs when Earth's moon is full, on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, and at its closest point to the planet. The moon appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter which is what makes it "super." And it doesn't happen very often.
Blood Moon: According to Space.com a blood moon is a full lunar eclipse. The moon gets the name "blood" moon because it appears red. This is caused when a little bit of light from Earth's sunrises and sunsets fall onto the surface of the fully eclipsed moon. The light waves are stretched causing them to look red when they hit the surface of the moon.
Wolf Moon: a January full moon is often called a wolf moon . Historians say ancient peoples often tracked changing seasons through the "lunar" months. Native Americans and people across Europe often associated full moons with what was going on around them, in this case the howling of wolves in the winter.
What makes this upcoming phenomenon so unusual is that all of these things are happening at the same time. To keep track of all of the celestial things happening in our Pittsburgh skies this year, check out CSC's astronomical calendar .