BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– Tonight after midnight, residents of St. Kitts and Nevis will have the rare chance to see the moon go into eclipse and turn blood red. Tonight’s total lunar eclipse occurs while the moon is near its closest point to Earth for the month.
January’s full moon is often called the Wolf Moon, so some astronomers are calling tonight’s event a “Super Blood Wolf Moon.”
In St. Kitts and Nevis, the lunar eclipse begins at 9:34 p.m. The moon will begin to turn red at 11:33 p.m. and the total eclipse begins at 12:12 p.m. The total eclipse stage lasts for about an hour.
According to www.space.com, the moon turns red because as the moon passes deep in the shadow the only light reaching the moon’s surface comes from the edge of the Earth, where sunrises and sunsets are taking place.