Supermoon, total lunar eclipse to coincide in January for rare event

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — On the night of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, millions in the western hemisphere will have a front row seat to a total lunar eclipse.

During the eclipse, the full moon will become fully tinted with a red-orange color. This will be the only total lunar eclipse of 2019.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon enters the Earth's shadow. A supermoon is a phenomenon that happens when the full moon coincides with its closest approach to Earth, known as the perigee. This makes the moon appear bigger than normal.

According to Space.com, the total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021.