Here’s how you can view the “Su­per Blood Wolf Moon” on Jan. 20

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Get out your tele­scopes: a lu­nar eclipse is com­ing soon to a night sky near you.

Or, if you don’t have a tele­scope, you can head to Semi­nole State Col­lege’s San­ford/ Lake Mary cam­pus for their free lu­nar eclipse view­ing party on Jan 20.

This lu­nar eclipse, dubbed the “Su­per Blood Wolf Moon,” is cre­ated when the earth comes be­tween our moon and the sun.

Derek Deme­ter, direc­tor of Semi­nole State’s Emil Buehler Plan­e­tar­ium, de­scribed the fea­tures that com­prise this moon’s name.

The earth’s shadow, as well as its at­mos­phere, cre­ates a deep red color on the sur­face of the moon, Deme­ter said. This is where the “Blood Moon” de­scrip­tion comes from, a ti­tle that orig­i­nated with a Twit­ter hash­tag sev­eral years ago.

A su­per­moon oc­curs when the moon is at perigee (the clos­est point to Earth), mak­ing it 10 to 13 per­cent larger, ac­cord­ing to Deme­ter.

The wolf moon comes from the tra­di­tional Na­tive Amer­i­can name for the full moon in Jan­uary.

Be­fore the moon takes on its red form Sun­day, Semi­nole State Col­lege is host­ing a range of events to com­mem­o­rate what they call “Moon Week.”

Through­out the week, the plan­e­tar­ium will host events in­clud­ing a movie screen­ing of “Last Man on the Moon,” a panel dis­cus­sion with some of the sup­port staff from NASA's Apollo Lu­nar Pro­gram, a lec­ture from UCF physics pro­fes­sor Dr. Ad­die Dove and a laser show fea­tur­ing Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

On Sun­day, Jan. 20, Moon Week will cul­mi­nate with the free lu­nar eclipse view­ing party.

Ad­ja­cent to the plan­e­tar­ium, the free “star party” will start at 8 p.m., ush­er­ing in the Su­per Blood Wolf Moon with food trucks and tele­scopes set up by the Cen­tral Florida Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety, some of which will have smart­phone mounts for as­tropho­tog­ra­phy.

The eclipse will be­gin around 9:30 p.m. when the “first con­tact” oc­curs, Deme­ter said. Af­ter 10 p.m., view­ers will be­gin to see a part of the moon darken and at 11:40 p.m., the pe­riod of to­tal­ity will be­gin, last­ing for about 45 min­utes.

The eclipse con­cludes at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 21.

Semi­nole State’s star party will go on re­gard­less of weather, with con­tin­gency plans in case of rain or cloudy skies.

A full list­ing of events is avail­able on Semi­nole State’s Emil Buehler Plan­e­tar­ium web­site: semi­nolestate.edu/planet/ show-cal­en­dar.

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