Local stargazers ready for Super Blood Wolf Moon
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
A lot of local stargazers have a big weekend to look forward to, weather permitting.
For the first time in more than three years, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in North America. This one even has a special name, a “Super Blood Wolf” moon.
The eclipse will begin at around 7:30 p.m., with the total eclipse happening around 8:40 p.m.
Greg McKay, with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society, broke it down. “During a super moon it’s closer to us, and so it appears slightly larger than a regular full moon,” said McKay.
Along with appearing 14% larger, it will also appear 30% brighter.
“The blood moon is a reference to every lunar eclipse, when it’s in total, because the moon sort of turns a reddish color,” said McKay. “The wolf part,” McKay added, “is every month's full moon has a name. and January's full moon is called a wolf moon."
The next full lunar eclipse visible in North America won’t happen until May of 2021, so the local Astronomical Society is expecting a big turnout at this viewing event on the CSN Cheyenne Campus Sunday evening.
“I’m not a big sports guy,” McKay joked, “but this is the equivalent of a big tailgate party for astronomy geeks."
McKay says they’re expecting 400 to 500 people, and plan to have several telescopes set up so stargazers can enjoy the spectacle.