Full Wolf Moon meets a Total Lunar Eclipse over the Lowcountry tonight!

On January 20th, Beaufort County will be able to see the Super Wolf Blood Moon, a lunar eclipse that occurs during a super moon. This is the only total lunar eclipse of the year, so you don’t want to miss out on it.

During this remarkable event, the moon will transform into a blood red color. This will also be a super moon, so the moon will be the closest to Earth it can be in its orbit. This will cause the moon to appear larger and brighter than just a regular full moon. As a side note, they bring higher tides. Forecasts call for high tides in the moderately flooding 6-feet range that weekend. Featured photo by Kelley Luikey at Nature Muse Imagery


The moon rises that Sunday night at 5:17 p.m., according to the website Time and Date. The eclipse will begin at 10:33 p.m. with the moon nearly two-thirds as high in the sky as it will reach.

Total eclipse is at 11:41 p.m. with the moon reaching its highest point for the night. The total eclipse lasts about an hour, and the moon will move completely out of eclipse at 1:50 a.m.




Stages of a total lunar eclipse

Penumbral eclipse begins: This starts when the outer (and lighter) part of the Earth’s shadow begins moving across the Moon

Partial eclipse begins: This stage takes hold when the darker, inner part of the Earth’s shadow (umbra) begins covering the Moon

Total eclipse begins: Also called totality, this occurs when the umbra completely covers the Moon, turning it a reddish brown colour

Maximum eclipse: The mid-point of totality

Total eclipse ends: The umbra starts moving away from the Moon’s face after totality

Partial eclipse ends: Earth’s umbra completely leaves the surface of the Moon

Penumbral eclipse ends: The outer part of the shadow (penumbra) completely moves away from the Moon

Source: timeanddate.com



January 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Charleston, SC


The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like in Charleston. Stages and times of the eclipse are outlined below. All times are local time (EST) for Charleston.

Time Phase Event Direction Altitude
9:36 pm Sun, Jan 20
Penumbral Eclipse beginsThe Earth’s penumbra start touching the Moon’s face. Map direction East97°


10:33 pm Sun, Jan 20
Partial Eclipse beginsPartial moon eclipse starts – moon is getting red. Map direction East-southeast109°


11:41 pm Sun, Jan 20
Total Eclipse beginsTotal moon eclipse starts – completely red moon. Map direction Southeast135°


12:12 am Mon, Jan 21
Maximum EclipseMoon is closest to the center of the shadow. Map direction South-southeast160°


12:43 am Mon, Jan 21
Total Eclipse endsTotal moon eclipse ends. Map direction South-southwest191°


1:50 am Mon, Jan 21
Partial Eclipse endsPartial moon eclipse ends. Map direction West-southwest237°


2:48 am Mon, Jan 21
Penumbral Eclipse endsThe Earth’s penumbra ends. Map direction West-southwest254°



This total lunar eclipse is fully visible in Charleston. The total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, as the Moon turns red. Check the weather for Charleston.