SUNDAY TIMES WEB DESK: The full Moon appears bigger than normal because it is closer to the Earth — about 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometers) away — which earns it the nickname “super Moon.”

Other monikers include a “Wolf Moon,” a traditional way of coining an eclipse in the month of January, and a “Blood Moon” because of its rusty, red color. Hence the name for this year´s event: a “super blood wolf Moon.”

At the peak of the eclipse, Venus and Jupiter will be shining brightly in the night sky.