Due to predicted sub-zero temperature Sunday night and heavy snowfall on Saturday, the Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar hike and viewing Jan. 20-21 is cancelled.
Don’t let that stop you from enjoying this magnificent wonder. Set your alarm clock and step outside at several times during the total eclipse late Sunday night. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect to see during each phase: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2019-january-21
It doesn’t happen very often in a lifetime, so bundle up, take a nap during the day, and join other adventurous souls for our “Super Blood Wolf Moon” lunar eclipse viewing and hike. So named because it is a Super Moon (larger because it is closest to the earth in its elliptical orbit), Blood Moon (will be red in color), and Wolf Moon (European nickname for the full moon in January, when wolves howl). This is a total lunar eclipse, with the sun, earth, and moon entirely aligned and the earth will cast a full red shadow on the moon. At 11:30pm, we will enjoy a short hike around the dark nature preserve. If the sky cooperates and is not cloudy, we will share in the awe of the spectacle. Full eclipse will be at @ 12:12am. Note that Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, if your employer observes that holiday. Dress appropriately (you can never wear too many clothes/socks in January), wear boots, bring chairs, sleeping bags or blankets, and beverages (preferably hot) to stay warm. Flashlights/headlamps will be useful at times, but let’s try to limit our use of artificial light in order to better appreciate nature. Where: Red-tail Nature Preserve at Prairie Creek Reservoir http://www.fortheland.org/red-tail-nature-preserve/
Lunar eclipse info: https://www.space.com/42830-supermoon-blood-moon-total-lunar-eclipse-2019.html
Photo 2007 total lunar eclipse composite by Conrad Jung, 2007