So informally speaking, the upcoming lunar eclipse will be a super blood wolf - or great spirit - moon.
Starting at around 7:34 p.m. PT or 10:34 p.m. ET Sunday, a partial eclipse will begin, with the full eclipse starting a little over an hour later.
The sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, which filters out most of the blue light. The Earth thus cuts off the moon's light supply. This year, the moon will be high in the sky, which makes it the best chance to watch an eclipse in years. A Wolf Moon is the name given to the first full moon in January. The name can be traced to earlier times when wolves would gather to howl at the moon during an unusual event.
This moon will be of the "super" variety because it will be closer to earth, making it appear bigger than usual.
In the USA, the eclipse will begin relatively early Sunday evening, making it easier for children to stay up and enjoy the show.
The Rothney Observatory will be open to the public on Sunday to view the Super Blood Wolf Moon, and Roberts said astronomers on site will have "lots of equipment and know-how to help you enjoy the experience".
"If you only start looking during totality, and the eclipse is a dark one, you may not immediately be able to see the moon, especially if you are viewing from a town or city", a spokesperson said.
So you'll want to be bundled up for the super moon and the overnight blood moon eclipse.
It's hard to predict the exact hue of lunar eclipses, but whatever shade results can offer insight about the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere. January's full moon was referred to as the Wolf Moon. But approximately once a year, as the moon travels along its tilted axis, it ends up directly behind Earth and is thrust into near darkness.
The super part comes from the moon's position in orbit in relation to the earth. It all depends on how much dust is floating around in Earth's atmosphere at the time. "It not only is a supermoon and it's a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long".
The Super Blood Wolf Moon will be cool to watch literally and figuratively.
A cold front is expected to pass through the region Sunday, which will drop an arctic chill into the area, quickly plunging overnight temperatures into the 40s during the eclipse.
The next total lunar eclipse won't be until May 2021.