First full moon of the New Year will come with a lunar eclipse and appear amazingly close to Earth


On the night of January 20-21, the full moon will bring a total lunar eclipse, which will cause Earth’s satellite to take on an eerie red glow in an effect that’s come to be known as the Blood Moon.

At the same time, the moon will sit at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, when it will appear massive in the night sky.

It will make for a striking combination of both a supermoon and the Blood Moon, and marks the last total lunar eclipse we’ll see until 2021.

From start to finish, the umbral lunar eclipse will last just over three and-a-half hours, with totality accounting for roughly an hour of this time, according to EarthSky.

This is when the moon sits in the shadow of our planet, taking on a reddish hue as a result of light scattering through Earth’s atmosphere.

The next total lunar eclipse come around until May 26, 2021.

The night-time eclipse, or Blood Moon, will be visible in many parts of the world, including all of North America, and parts of Europe and Africa, according to TimeandDate.

Other regions, including the Middle East and the rest of Africa, will be able to catch a glimpse of a partial eclipse at moonset.



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