Catch the Last Total Lunar Eclipse Until 2021

During the late evening of January 20, 2019, don’t miss this year’s first and only total lunar eclipse.

What is a Total Lunar Eclipse?
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, according to This phenomenon occurs when “some light from the sun passes through Earth’s atmosphere and is bent toward the moon” during the totality portion of a lunar eclipse, turning the moon red- or copper-coloured.

The best positioned total lunar eclipse for years is coming on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Sky-watchers across the Americas will have a front-row seat to a rare cosmic event, as three lunar phenomena converge to give rise to what some people are calling a super blood wolf moon — this is a term for a type of total lunar eclipse.

During totality, the full moon does not disappear entirely and instead turns a rusty shade of red, earning it the moniker “blood moon.” This lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, the traditional name for the January full moon. The moon on January 20 will be unusually close to Earth and so will be slightly bigger and brighter, making it a so-called super moon.

Earth’s outer shadow will start to cross the surface of the moon at 9:37 p.m. The total lunar eclipse begins 11:42 p.m. as the moon starts turning red.

It will turn a deeper shade of red until it reaches totality at 12:13 a.m., when Earth’s shadow completely covers its surface.

The moon’s surface will them become lighter until 12:44 p.m., when the total eclipse ends. Seeing the blood red moon of a total lunar eclipse is one of nature’s wonders.

The grey-looking moons above are the penumbral eclipse, the half-red moons are the partial phases, and the completely red moon in the centre is totality.

The last time it happened was in 2015. We won’t see another total lunar eclipse until May 26, 2021.

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