Look up! The 'Super Wolf Blood Moon' eclipse will be visible to millions

By ANDREA DIAZ, CNN

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On January 21, for the first time in three years, the United States will be able to experience a total lunar eclipse.

According to NASA, it will be one of the sky's "most dazzling shows," as the moon will be at its closest point to Earth, making the moon appear slightly bigger and a lot brighter, an event that is often referred to as a "supermoon."

But that's not the only thing that will make this eclipse stand out. Total lunar eclipses are often call "blood moons" because when the sun, Earth and moon align, the sunlight that passes through the Earth's atmosphere will appear to turn the moon red. And because lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon -- and the first full moon in January is known as a "wolf moon" -- many are calling this spectacular event a "Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse."

The total lunar eclipse will last approximately 1 hour and 2 minutes, Space.com reports. It will start around 11:41 p.m. ET on Jan. 20 and peak around 12:16 a.m. ET on Jan. 21.

"Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse," Space.com said. "During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset." 

"Jan. 20 will mark the final time a lunar eclipse and a supermoon occur at the same time until May 2021," WXYZ reports. 

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