Take a front row seat in Pennsylvania for the Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse, January 20-21, 2019, in a location away from city lights, with lower levels of light pollution in the night sky. Darksitefinder.com provides maps indicating light pollution levels across the country. The Inn, Restaurant, and Brewing Co. at Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg, PA, lies at the edge of a rural area that has a ratio of artificial to natural sky brightness of 1-3, where the Milky Way can be seen. About 10 miles to the north of Bloomsburg, the ratio of artificial to natural sky brightness becomes less than 1. (The ratio of artificial to natural sky brightness in urban areas ranges from 9 to more than 27).
A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon so that the shadow of the earth falls entirely across the moon – typically less than once each year. (If you were standing on the moon looking at Earth, you would see a total eclipse of the sun.) Since the full moon appears much less bright during a lunar eclipse, it also is easier to see stars that may not be as visible at other times.
The Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse will be a rare coincidence when these three kinds of moons occur together. A Wolf moon is the year’s first full moon, named because hungry wolves often howled at that time of year. A Super moon occurs when the moon is near its closest point from Earth during the month, making it appearing slightly bigger than usual. A Blood moon is named for the red glow created when the shadow of the Earth eclipses the moon. The earth’s atmosphere refracts the sun’s rays so that shorter wavelengths of light (blues and yellows) are absorbed into the earth’s atmosphere while longer wavelengths (red and orange) fall on the moon. For more information about the eclipse, visit The supermoon eclipse of January 20-21 by Bruce McClure at earthsky.org.
The January, 2019, lunar eclipse will be visible throughout North America. According to timeanddate.com, it’s magnitude near Bloomsburg, PA (40°00’17″N 76°24’26″W) will be 1.1953, and totality will last just over one hour.
- The penumbral eclipse, when the shadow of Earth begins to slightly darken the moon’s surface, will begin about 9:36 pm EST, on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
- In the Bloomsburg area, the partial eclipse phase will last from about 10:34 pm until 11:41 pm, when the full eclipse will begin.
- Maximum will be reached about half an hour later, at 12:12 am on January 21, 2019.
- The full eclipse will end about 12:43 am, followed by the end of the partial eclipse about 1:51 am, and the penumbral at 2:48 am.
Sunday evening, January 20, 3019, imagine enjoying a great brew and some casual fare at The Turkey Hill Brewing Company Pub & Grille. Entertainment that evening will be Tanner Bingaman performing his unique musical style that combines folk, blues, bluegrass, and more. Then get ready to stargaze and watch the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse (howling optional) until you’re ready to retire to your warm cozy room at the Inn. Monday morning, awake to a delicious gourmet breakfast as you start your day! Just give us a call at (570) 387-1500,or go online to reserve a super getaway for the lunar eclipse.
Images by Claudio Testa on UnSplash