ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – It is a rarity – a total moon eclipse that coincides with the moon closest to the earth. On January 20, 2019, North and South America will be able to see Super Wolf Blood Moon.
The "super" part is the result of the moon at the perigee when the moon is at the nearest point on the ground during its orbit. It will be seven to 14 percent larger than a "normal" moon.
Each full moon during the year has a name. According to the farmer's calendar, January is the full moon "moon of the wolf."
"In the midst of the cold and deep snow of the midwinter, the wolves howling," reads the almanac.
And it's a "blood" moon because of the total moon eclipse that makes the moon red or orange. During a total moon eclipse, the sun, earth and moon are adjusted in space. The light is scattered around the earth, and the atmosphere of the earth strips out the blue light that leaves red, orange and gold to reflect on the moon.
"Where gold, orange or red moon appears during a total lunar eclipse depends on how much dust, water, and other particles are in the Earth's atmosphere, as well as factors such as temperature and humidity," according to NASA.
The question is … will Alaska see Super Wolf Blood Moon?
The answer … Yes ̵
The partial eclipse begins at 6:33 pm AKDT on Sunday. The full eclipse starts at. 19:41 and ends at 8:43 pm The partial eclipse – as the moon leaves Earth's shadow – ends at. 9.50.
The next aggregate lunar eclipse will not occur until May 2021.