Full Lunar Eclipse Should be Visible to mid-Michigan, Weather Permitting

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Call it a full eclipse accompanied by a lunar trilogy, and hope skies are clear enough to witness it.

Between Jan. 20 and 21, you might be able to observe a total eclipse of a wolf moon that also will be a wolf moon, blood moon and supermoon. NASA says the eclipse will be visible throughout North and South America.

The eclipse is expected to be observable from 9:36 p.m. Jan 20 to 2:48 a.m. Jan. 21, with the peak occurring at 12:16 a.m. on Jan. 21, according to space.com.

Visibility might be an issue here in mid-Michigan. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts periods of rain during the week of the eclipse, which could mean clouds will block a clear view of the lunar event.

In addition to the eclipse, the moon will be a wolf moon. The Farmer’s Almanac said the term comes from the howling of wolves at night outside Native American villages in the dead of winter.

The blood moon occurs in a full eclipse when the normally light-colored moon appears to take on a reddish color, according to space.com.

And the supermoon comes about when the moon is the closest distance to Earth in its elliptical orbit, according to Wikipedia.

Mark your calendar and hope the Farmer’s Almanac is wrong and you might get a clear view of the eclipse.


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