Eyes to the skies! 'Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse' will last over an hour this weekend

Posted at 8:27 AM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 09:27:09-05

INDIANAPOLIS —A rare lunar phenomenon will happen this weekend - but it will only last an hour so make sure you're prepared.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse (yes, that's really what it's called!) will occur overnight January 20-21.

The lunar show is actually just three separate phenomena - a total lunar eclipse, a super moon and a wolf moon - all happening at the same time.

During a total lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and the Moon are perfectly lined up. And a lunar eclipse can only take place when there is a full Moon

A supermoon occurs when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest possible distance to the Earth. According to , the moon's orbit will take it between 221,681 miles and 252,622 miles this year. On Jan. 20, the moon will be about 222,274 miles from Earth as a full moon.

Finally, the "wolf moon" is just another name for the first full moon of the year. This year's full moon just so happens to coincide with a lunar eclipse and a supermoon.

The super blood wolf moon eclipse will occur at 12:12 a.m. ET on Jan. 21, but you'll be able to watch the moon turn from white to orange in the hours beforehand.

January 20/21 will mark the final time a lunar eclipse and a supermoon occur at the same time until May 2021.