When does the lunar eclipse start?
Around 11:44pm EST the night of January 20, the moon will succumb to a reddish, coppery color, a product of the arrival of totality, the moment when the moon is fully eclipsed, according to Space.com. The midpoint will be at 12:12am EST on January 21 and will finish that part of the eclipse at 12:44am EST. The partial eclipse will begin at 10:34pm EST and will end at 1:51am. It will be the first total lunar eclipse to be visible in the United States in nearly three years.
Totality takes place over a relatively short amount of time compared to the full length of the event. The eclipse will be visible across North and South America, as well as parts of western Europe and Africa. It should be easy to spot across the U.S., but you'll need clear skies to catch it. That's not going to be the case for many who are huddled inside through snowstorms.
The January supermoon, which takes place when a new or full moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth, is the first of three in 2019. The supermoon trio arrives one after another during three consecutive full moons over the early part of the year. January's will be followed by supermoons on February 19 and March 21. The February supermoon will be the largest of the three, as the moon will be at its closest approach. On February 19, the moon will be just 221,734 miles from Earth, according to EarthSky. So, you know, it's practically in your backyard?