MORRISTOWN, NJ – Residents of Morristown will have an opportunity to experience their second astronomical event within the last 18 months with the first total lunar eclipse of 2019. The last significant astronomical event to occur in Springfield was the total solar eclipse that occurred August 21, 2017.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between sun and the Moon. During a total lunar eclipse the Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere. The light appears reddish in color for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does. This reddish color is sometimes called a blood Moon

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The Wolf Moon name comes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac and originated from the Algonquin tribes who lived in regions from New England to Lake Superior. The Algonquin named each full Moon and are the names that the Colonial Americans adopted most. This full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon will appear this evening and last into Monday, January 21. Morristown residents will have a prime view of the total lunar eclipse between midnight and 1:00 a.m.

The January 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021.

Residents with any pictures of the Super Blood Wolf Moon can email them to TAP into Morristown at morristown@tapinto.net for inclusion in a photo gallery. full credit will be given. Please include your name in the email.