'Super blood wolf moon eclipse' will take place on Jan. 20

The moon turned red during a lunar eclipse in Canakkale Turkey in July

The moon turned red during a lunar eclipse in Canakkale Turkey in July

The celestial event will come almost a year after the 2018 Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse, this one featuring a red tinge caused by the moon passing through the Earth's shadow.

The rare lunar phenomenon will begin to appear on the night of the 20th and will slowly emerge into being just before midnight and continue as the calendar shifts to the 21st.

It's a combination of three separate things - a super moon, a wolf moon and a lunar eclipse. On Jan. 20, the moon will be about 222,274 miles from Earth as a full moon. This is quite so as the total lunar eclipse takes place when the moon is near perigee, the point at which it is in closest distance to Earth than usual, making it appear larger.

Full lunar eclipses occur between two and four times a year.

The newspaper says the next total lunar eclipse will happen on May 26, 2021. The moon becomes the Blood Moon as its color turns coppery red because of light refraction. Events such as this occur when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow; the vagaries of orbital mechanics mean that this happens only occasionally. There are usually 12 full moons in a year and each one has a traditional name. Also, the full moon is both a Supermoon and a Blood Moon, which obviously explains why it is named Super Blood Wolf Moon.

Put those three moons together and you end up with a super blood wolf moon eclipse.

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