Usher in the new year with a total lunar eclipse

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The moon is said to be a "Super Blood Wolf Moon" because of its larger size.

The total lunar eclipse will be seen throughout the United States beginning January 20.

This will be the same time when the moon reaches its closest point to Earth which is known as the perigee, according to NASA.

The new year will get off to a splendid begin when an uncommon ruddy orange body called a Super Blood Wolf Moon graces the sky in January, Forbes reports.

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The first total lunar eclipse of 2019 - also called a wolf moon - is expected to be both a supermoon and a reddish-copper blood moon. Because the Earth blocks the sun from casting any light directly on the moon, it's only visible with indirect light filtered through the Earth's atmosphere.

The event has an original name: the "super blue blood moon".

In the Eastern time zone, the total eclipse will be visible from 9:36 p.m. on January 20 to 2:48 a.m. on January 21, according to an IndyStar interview with Brian Murphy, director of the Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium and Butler University professor.

The newspaper says the next total lunar eclipse will happen on May 26, 2021.

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According to, the event starts at 9:32 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 20 and will go on into the morning of Monday Jan. 21. During the total lunar eclipse, the moon will be covered in the shadow of the earth for more than an hour.

People in South America, Europe and Africa also should be able to view January's eclipse.

A picture shows the full moon during an eclipse as seen from Athens on July 27, 2018. The full month of January is referred as Wolf Moon.

Each of the full moons in the year has a name. The "wolf" moon was named after the wolves that would howl out of hunger in the dead of winter. So if you don't want to miss out on this one!

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