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'Wolf Moon' to appear tonight during lunar eclipse

First lunar eclipse of 2020 to occur tonight

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

The first lunar eclipse of the year is happening tonight (January 10) and it’s combined with a Wolf Moon.

Celebrate the imperfect alignment that the penumbral lunar eclipse brings when Earth, the Sun, and the Moon are not aligned — making for a perfectly bright display on Earth.

A full moon shown partially covered by silhouetted tress in a forest

During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the Moon only reflects sunlight so lunar eclipses occur when that light is blocked by the Earth. In the case of a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon is covered by Earth’s lighter or outermost shadow (the penumbra) as opposed to its main shadow (the umbra). Some in the viewing area will notice darkness on the Moon’s surface, and some will notice nothing at all.

These eclipses are pretty hard to see with the naked eye, so try to capture it during the maximum phase at 19:10 GMT for the counties shown here — with most of North and South America unable to view this lunar eclipse phenomenon, but will be in the viewing for one later this year. We still can observe the Wolf Moon, so let the beast within run free.

The Wolf Moon is named for the Full Moon that occurs in January.  Amid the frigid cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. The Full Wolf Moon was also known as the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule in other cultures, according to reports at Space.

Be sure to celebrate the eclipse and Wolf Moon with your pack!

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