The ‘super blood wolf moon’ is set to light up the sky – but only half of the world will get to see it and it won’t happen again until January 2037
Skygazers hoping to marvel at a ‘super blood wolf moon’ won’t want to miss it – because it won’t happen again for 18 years.
It could be the last time some of us see the rare astronomical display when it lights up the sky in the early hours of Monday morning.
After Monday’s dazzling appearance, the next one won’t happen until January 31, 2037, and it will be the third and last of the 21st century.
A ‘super blood wolf moon’ – which sees the moon turn a spectacular shade of red – is a rare combination of a supermoon and a lunar eclipse.
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It’s called a “wolf moon” because that’s the folk name for a full moon that happens in the month of January, when hungry wolves howled outside villages, according to folklore.
This one will be visible from the UK – as well as the rest of western Europe and western Africa – in the early hours of Monday (or starting Sunday night in the Americas, where it will also be visible).
The best time to see it will be around 5:15am GMT as it turns a dark shade of red while passing in the shadow of Earth.
It will be the first lunar eclipse of the year and the last total lunar eclipse, when the moon glows red, until 2021.
The moon gets its red hue as sunlight is filtered as it passed through the Earth’s atmosphere, removing most of the blue light.
It’s dubbed a supermoon because the moon will be at its closest point to Earth, making it appear significantly larger in the sky.