She recalled that for an early evening "supermoon" full lunar eclipse September 27, 2015, about 50 sky watchers showed up to share in the experience. Sky watchers are bracing for the "Super Blood Wolf Moon". This is when the moon may approach a blood red color.
A full moon in January is also known as a "wolf moon", as Native American tribes said wolves would howl outside villages during full moons at the beginning of the year.
Lunar eclipses happen in three phases: penumbral, partial and total.
"The moon moves into the shadow of the earth, which means we see the surface shrink away".
During this process, some sunlight is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, reflecting onto the moon to give a red appearance.
Totality will last for 52 minutes and the eclipse will ends at 7.43pm HST, 8.43pm AST, 9.43pm PST, 10.43pm MST, 11.43pm CST and 12.43am EST.
"That's because the sunlight, as it passes through the atmosphere, gets scattered by dust particles". This will create a phenomenon, which illuminates the moon.
The peak of the event will take place at 1:12 a.m.
According to a science education website, pollution spewed by Anak Krakatau's eruption in Indonesia may darken an already red moon during this eclipse, making it more colorful than usual. We often think of the moon orbiting around the Earth in a flawless circle, but the reality is that the orbit is more elliptical in nature. The close passes are called perigee.
"In other words, any full moon or new moon that comes to within 224,775 miles (or less) of our planet, as measured from the centres of the Moon and Earth". Those in the western hemisphere will be treated to a rare celestial alignment known colloquially as the "super blood moon".
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The moon is then "Super" because it is at its closest point to Earth.
And if you're on the moon?
While solar eclipses are risky to view directly, the light from lunar eclipses is much fainter and so is completely safe to view without special equipment.
When will the next lunar eclipse be? Earth, of course, is tilted on its axis.
"The moon doesn't make any light of its own". It's a coincidence of the moon being on the far side of the Earth.
The math is a headache, but these moments are very predictable.
In North America, the eclipse will be best viewed on Sunday evening for parts of the country.