A rare lunar trifecta, this solar event, which will be visible on Sunday, January 20 is a bewitching combination of: a blood moon, a total lunar eclipse which casts Earth's shadow across the moon, making it appear red; a supermoon, the point in the moon's orbit in which it is closest to Earth, which also affects ocean tides as the moon pulls with 42 percent more tidal force than at its furthest point from our planet; and a Wolf Moon, the colloquial term for a full moon coined by Native Americans listening to the howling of hungry wolves in the food-scarce midwinter.
If that's not cool enough for you, this is the last total lunar eclipse until 2021 and marks the beginning of an exciting year for stargazers. The full eclipse will begin at 11:40 p.m. and peaks at 12:16 a.m. local time. Those who wish to witness the event need no special gear as it is safely visible to the naked eye, but the Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College will be hosting a viewing party from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the 199 W St. Myrtle St. Garage. Have fun, and beware of monsters lurking the crimson shadows.
Free, Sun Jan. 20 into Mon Jan. 21, 7:30-11:30 pm viewing party, 11:40 pm-12:16am eclipse, 199 W Myrtle St. Garage, facebook.com.
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