• Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one.
  • The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next.
  • At the same time, the moon will be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and bjustifyer than usual a supermoon.
  • It not only is a supermoon and it’s a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long. It’s about an hour.
  • The whole eclipse starts on January 20 night or early January 21, depending on location , and will take about three hours.
  • If the skies are clear, the entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and the French and Spanish coasts.

  • The rest of Europe, as well as Africa, will have partial viewing before the moon sets.

  • During totality, the moon will look red because of sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere. That’s why an eclipsed moon is sometimes known as a blood moon.

  • In January, the full moon is also sometimes known as the wolf moon or great spirit moon.

  • So informally speaking, the lunar eclipse will be a super blood wolf or great spirit moon.

  • Asia, Australia and New Zealand are out of luck.

  • But they had prime viewing last year, when two total lunar eclipses occurred.

  • The next total lunar eclipse won’t be until May 2021.

  • As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year.

  • The upcoming supermoon will be about 222,000 miles (357,300 kilometres) away.

  • The Feb. 19 supermoon will be a bit closer and the one on March 20 will be the farthest.