SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Stargazers rejoice – you don't want to miss the upcoming event which is ready to become one of the books!
On January 20 and January 21, you will get the opportunity to see the total lunar eclipse and the first supermoon of the year simultaneously!
This will be seen in the skies of all of North America, South America, plus parts of Europe and Africa.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and sun are on the opposite side of the earth. When the moon travels through the shadow of the Earth, the moon will appear to be orange, which is why it is called the "blood moon," according to Space.com.
Some actually call it the "super blood wolf moon" because lunar eclipses can only occur during the full moon and the first full moon in January is also known as "the wolf moon," according to CNN.
The January eclipse will occur when the moon reaches its orbit where it is closest to Earth, also known as perigee.
This means the moon will look bigger, thus the name "supermoon."
NASA said the January lunar eclipse would last around one hour.
For you in Louisiana, you will see the eclipse reach its totality – the point where it looks really orange / rusty – starting at 10:41 a night. until 11:43 a night on Sunday, January 20.
If you are thinking of catching the next one, mark your calendar – the next total lunar eclipse is expected on May 26, 2021.
– CBS 17 contributes to this story