It’s tonight! The Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse is happening and the sky is going to be putting on a pretty darn awesome show. I am sure even just hearing the name you are interested, but what is it and how do you see it? Here is everything you will need to know about this phenomenon :
Super Blood Wolf Moon January 2019 | How to see it in California
When is the Super Blood Wolf Moon?
Sunday January 20th into Monday January 21st, 2019 (depending on where you are located in the USA)
The Lunar Eclipse will begin around 11:30 ET which means about 8L30 Pacific time.
You will want to start watching the sky around 7:30pm. if you are in California. As the Earths shadow begins passing in from the lower left. Totality will be around 8:40 and the moon will return to its normal appearance around 9:40pm.
What is the Super Blood Wolf Moon?
This term is being used because there are several events happening all at once. It sure is a mouthful but lets break it down a little.
Super Moon: A super moon occurs when the full moon is at its closest point to the earth.
Wolf Moon: Every month has special names to describe the full moon. For January it is Wolf Moon. It originates from the Native American folklore.
Blood Moon: This is going to be the coolest part of the show. This is the lunar eclipse where the moon will turn a blood red color as it passes the Earths shadow.
How to see it:
You will need to be outside, during the right hours, with clear open skies. If it is cloudy, which is what the California weather is calling for, you unfortunately will not be able to see it.
Most of the US will have the ability to see the Super Blood Wolf Moon this January. You will not need any special equipment to see it. Just your own two eyes.
How to photograph it:
You will need a variety of things…
Plan out your location - scout it out to find the best composition
Decide if you want a large landscape shot, or just the moon shot. This will determine your lens.
Make sure it is clear skies
Be at your location well before the occurrence
100-400+ mm lens
This will be more for just a moon image. If you want more of a landscape you will use a 70-200mm lens
Warm clothes to make sure you are comfy and warm. This way you are having fun rather than miserable and only thinking about how cold your toes are :)
Snacks and drinks to make sure you are comfortable and enjoying the show
That’s it! Now get out there and freaking get some amazing moon images! Are you going out to see the show? Comment below and let me know where you will be viewing it from, what kind of gear you plan on using, and all the deets!
I can’t wait to see your photos!!