This year, no matter where in the country you live, on January 20 and 21, you’ll be able to witness Earth’s shadow crawling over the full moon. Called a Super Blood Moon Eclipse, this year’s light show happens during a full moon when the Moon passes nearest to the Earth, so it appears both larger and more luminescent than average. As the earth’s shadow crosses the lunar surface, the reflective light turns our normally silvery orb a deep blood red. This year’s event combines three lunar activities at once: The total eclipse (when the Earth, Sun, and Moon line up perfectly), a super-moon (when the moon is closer to Earth during its orbit), and a “Wolf Moon” (the nickname for a full-moon appearing mid-winter). 

This event marks the only lunar eclipse for 2019 and 2020, with the next one appearing on May 26, 2021. The last total lunar eclipse appeared on July 27, 2018, but viewers from the Americas missed the show. 

What to know

  • Time: The entire event lasts three and a half hours including partial eclipses visible at the beginning and end of the phenomenon.
  • Totality: the moment the shadow obscures the entire moon begins at 11:41 PM Eastern Time on January 20 and will last for an hour and two minutes. The peak period is about 12:16 AM Eastern Time, January 21, 2019.
  • Visibility: Stargazers from the Americas, Greenland, Iceland, western Africa, and western Europe may view the entirety, including partial eclipses. Eastern Africa and eastern Europe should see a partial eclipse, while viewers from most of Asia will not see even a part of the eclipse.
  • While super-moons typically appear 30 percent brighter than average, and about 14 percent larger, these differences might not even be visible to your naked eye.
  • Wolf moons, also called Old moons, refer to full moons appearing in winter and refer to wolves howling at the moon after a successful hunt for winter food.

Why is it red?

The moon appears to be deep red during a lunar eclipse due to how light bends when passing through the Earth’s atmosphere before it reflects off the moon’s surface. Additionally, Earth’s air scatters the shorter cooler colored light-waves such as blue or green, so the warmer colors—red, orange, and yellow are what we see.

Make plans for a moon-watching party with friends and family in your new backyard.

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Every home seller wants to enjoy a positive property selling experience. Yet ensuring your home selling strategy goes according to plan may be difficult, particularly for a seller who lacks property selling expertise. Lucky for you, we’re here to provide the help you need to achieve the optimal results at each stage of the home selling journey.

Now, let’s take a look at three tips to help you reap the benefits of a positive home selling experience.

1. Set an Aggressive Initial Home Asking Price

How you price your home will have a significant impact on how quickly your residence sells. If you establish an aggressive initial home asking price, you should have no trouble stirring up plenty of interest in your residence as soon as your home becomes available.

Check out the prices of available houses in your area that are similar to your own residence. Then, you can establish a price range for homes in your area and price your house accordingly.

Furthermore, it often helps to evaluate the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. With this housing market data at your disposal, you can find out whether you’re getting ready to sell your home in a buyer’s or seller’s market.

2. Remove Clutter

Clutter is problematic, particularly for a home seller who wants to streamline the property selling cycle. Fortunately, home sellers who identify clutter now can eliminate this problem before they list their houses.

Antiques, paintings and other excess items inside your home should be removed. You can always rent a storage unit, which will enable you to keep these items safe until you sell your house. Or, you can host a yard sale or sell excess items online prior to listing your residence.

Don’t forget to remove lawn decorations and other clutter from outside your house as well. By doing so, you can instantly improve your house’s curb appeal and increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is prepared to do everything possible to ensure you can enjoy a positive house selling experience. In fact, this housing market professional will offer plenty of support at each stage of the home selling journey.

Usually, a real estate agent will meet with you before you list your house. He or she then will craft a home selling strategy designed to help you accomplish your home selling goals. Next, a real estate agent will promote your house to dozens of potential buyers, set up home showings and open house events and keep you up to date about any offers to purchase your residence. And if you decide to accept an homebuying proposal, a real estate agent will guide you through the home closing process.

Ready to reap the benefits of a positive home selling experience? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can seamlessly navigate the home selling journey.

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