You can add Wolf Moon, a traditional name for the January moon, to the Super-Blue-Blood moon event on Jan. 31.
• Super moon means the moon appears larger and brighter because it is at the point in its orbit that is closest to the earth.
• Blue moon because it is the second full moon in one month.
• Blood moon because there will be a total eclipse. The earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting its shadow on the full moon. The apparent color of the moon during the eclipse is dull red.
To see the complete Super-Blue-Blood moon, go outside early in the morning and stand on a high point and look west-northwest. The eclipse begins at 5:48 a.m. when deep shadow reaches the edge of the moon. The shadow steadily moves across the moon’s face until 6:51; the moon will be completely covered for the next 35 minutes. However, the moon sets (disappears behind the horizon) at 7:27 a.m., so here in Independence, we won’t be able to see the waning phase of the eclipse.
The following link shows the phases of the lunar eclipse in local time: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/independence?iso=20180131.
While we have a hike at George Owens Nature Park on Jan 31, it’s an evening hike beginning at 6 p.m. under a Super Blue Moon, still quite a natural phenomenon. If you’d like to take a hike through the woods under a Super Blue Wolf Moon, call 816-325-7115 for reservations.