The Wolf Moon will reach its full phase just after midnight on the January 20-21and moongazers in North and South America and northwestern Europe will be treated to a full lunar eclipse. People in central and eastern Africa and Asia will see a partial North and South America, Europe and western Africa. Central and eastern Africa and Asia will see a partial eclipse. On the eastern coast of the United States, the moon officially reaches its full phase January 21 at 12:16 a.m. (EST).
Different cultures around the world have assigned various names to each full moon of the year. In America, the first full moon is called the Wolf Moon because it was during this time – in the dead of winter – that Indians could hear hungry wolves howling in the night outside their villages. The Colonial settlers adopted the name for the same reason. The January moon is also called The Old Moon.
A “super” moon occurs when it is relatively close to earth in its orbit, making the moon appear bigger than usual. “Blood” refers to the reddish hue cast by Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse. The colors of this blood moon will peak around 10:30 p.m.
Moonrise Sunday, January 20, will be as follows:
Lubec, Maine - 3:49 p.m. Savannah, Georgia - 5:24 p.m. Hannibal, Missouri - 4:48 p.m. Colorado Springs, Colorado - 4:46 p.m. Great Falls, Montana - 4:46 p.m. Pasadena, California - 4:54 p.m.
Sources:The Old Farmer's Almanac; Jesse Emspak, Space, January 11, 2019; and Cory Stieg, Refinery29, January 17, 2019.