The next lunar eclipse is happening this Sunday, January 20th into Monday, January 21st. Things will begin at 9:36pm, reach totality at 11:12pm, and finish up at 1:48am.

In case you're wondering why there are so many descriptive words for this, here's what they all mean, thanks to our buds at Novins Planetarium.


There's no precise definition for "super moon", it just refers to the time when the Moon is closer to Earth than usual, and appears larger in the sky.


A blood moon is an old term for a lunar eclipse, given because the Moon takes on a reddish hue.


Native Americans gave each month's full moon a unique name - January has the Wolf Moon, February has the Snow Moon, March has the Worm Moon, and so on. Super Blood Worm Moon doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

The best part of a lunar eclipse is that you don't need to worry about protection like during a solar eclipse. No eclipse glasses, no eclipse shadow-box things; just go outside and look up.

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