It's not every year that a "super blood wolf moon" can be seen, and skywatchers across the world are awaiting this rare astronomical phenomenon, which is slated to take place early on Monday morning in Europe and Africa but will begin late at night in the Americas.
Most of the world will be able to watch this phenomenon but just not countries in Asia, Australia and parts of Africa. That means, you can't see the super blood wolf moon from India.
So what is a super blood wolf moon?
This phenomenon is a total lunar eclipse happening along with a super moon. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes exactly between the sun and the moon. In this situation, the sun is behind the earth and the moon is situated in the earth's shadow.
A super moon is when a full moon is closer to the earth than normal and hence, appears bigger.
According to CNN, this eclipse is being called the super blood wolf moon in reference to Native American roots.
The full moons, according to Native American traditions are named differently in different months. In January, the full moon is called a wolf moon.
Will it be red?
During the eclipse, sunlight is refracted by the earth's atmosphere and reaches the moon's surface as it bends around the earth's surface. This will create a phenomenon, which illuminates the moon.
The moon may appear blood red or brick-red depending upon the weather condition in given areas. The moon will appear red as the blue light gets scattered in the earth's atmosphere and red light will be the most prominent.
Who can see it?
According to BBC, the eclipse will begin at 2.35 am GMT in the UK and will last till 7.49 am GMT. The super blood wolf moon, however, will last till 5.12 GMT.
The phenomenon will, however, be witnessed between 10.35 pm on January 20 and 1.51 am on january 21 eastern time in the Americas.
North and South America,, Northwestern France, Northwestern Spain, Portugal, Easter Pacific and Nothreastern tip of Russia and Western Africa will witness a total lunar eclipse.
Unlike a solar eclipse, the lunar eclipse is safe to view with a pair of binoculars or can be seen with the naked eye.