The Super Blood Wolf Moon... Pretty or Perilous?

Tomorrow night’s full moon is really special… it’s the Super Blood Wolf Moon!

It’s a Super Moon because it’s the point in the moon’s elliptical orbit around Earth where it’s the closest to earth and appears much bigger than at any other time.

Wolf Moon is the Native American name for the full moon this time of year… it marks when the wolves howl in midwinter.

And it’s a Blood Moon because this full moon is also a total lunar eclipse and because of that, the color of the moon takes on the reddish-orange hues you would normally see in a sunset or sunrise. An eclipse like this won’t happen again until 2021 and the next one we will be able to see in the U.S. won’t happen until 2022.

If you’re wondering how this might affect you beyond the usual crazy that happens at full moons… astrologers say that eclipses signify completion and are supposed to be the best time to let go of the things that no longer serve us, especially our shadows – the parts of ourselves that we’re ashamed of -- that come to light during this time.

Whatever it really means, it’ll be pretty… if the clouds clear enough for us to see it in the Chicago area tomorrow night. Premium viewing here will be from 9:30pm to just after midnight. For the best view and the knowledge to go with it, check out Adler Planetarium’s Lunapalooza from 8-midnight tomorrow night... it's perfect for the whole family! 

Happy Super Blood Wolf Moon!

Jeanne Sparrow


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