A super blood wolf moon is set to illuminate Vancouver skies next month

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Are you ready to howl?

Vancouverites will be privy to the longest full moon in over a decade on December 22; however, an even more spectacular full moon takes place in the new year.

Known as the “Super Blood Wolf Moon,” this incredible astral display involves a total lunar eclipse as the moon slips under Earth’s shadows. Last January, Earthling’s were privy to a the “Super Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse,” but this one won’t be considered a blue moon.

Super Blood Wolf Moon
Vancouver Night Full Moon from Stanley Park / Shutterstock

Why the crazy awesome name?

For one, January’s full moon is commonly referred to as the “Wolf Moon” regardless of the year. In fact, it has been called this name for decades.

“In Native American and early Colonial times, the Full Moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages,” explains The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The beginning of this spectacular celestial event takes place on January 21 and carries on through to January 22.

“On the night of January 21-22, the Full Wolf Moon will pass through the northern half of Earth’s shadow, producing a Total Lunar Eclipse,” describes The Weather Network. “For an added bonus, since the Moon will be very near perigee – its closest distance to Earth – it will be a ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ Total Lunar Eclipse.”

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best the in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.