For heaven's watchtakers in parts of northern Asia, the new year will begin with the moon that will "crawl" from the sun for a few weeks before others treat us with the awkward mess of the heavenly events known as the "super-blood-wolf moon."
In total, there will be six eclipses that can be seen from Planet Earth in 2019, including a total solar eclipse over parts of the Pacific, Chile and Argentina on July 2,in the summer of 2017.
But there is also a partial solar eclipse in just days, on January 6. While much less dramatic than the spectacular view of total eclipse, the moon will partially cover the sun for up to a minute and 43 seconds. Observing this, however, will require special sunglass sunglasses that can be purchased online. Remember, seeing the sun without such protection is, of course, very dangerous.
To see the eclipse, you will also need to be in Japan, Korea, or just the right part of Siberia, northeast China, Mongolia or the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
For eclipse lovers in America and Western Europe, January also brings the last opportunity to see the full moon eclipse by 2021. This cool heavenly event occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in line, throwing the shadow of Earth into the moon and giving it a reddish tint – hence the term "bloody moon".
When this happens on the evening of January 20 in the Western Hemisphere, the moon will also be near its closest approach to the Earth, which will appear as the smallest in the sky. This is a fairly regular phenomenon that we call a supermodel.
Finally, the full moon in January is called the "moon of the moon", because cultures in the northern hemisphere were trying to sit around the long winter nights and hear how the wolves get out.
Put them all together and get a "super-blooded moon moon" that will be visible for about an hour in the western hemisphere by the end of January 20 or early morning on January 21 in western Europe.
And that's just the beginning. Four eclipses will appear in 2019, including the grand show in South America in July. We will have more details on how to view these events as they approach each other.
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