Cloudy skies could ruin Central Minnesota's view of an extremely rare lunar phenomena.

Sunday evening, Minnesota will be treated to something that occurs only about 20 times each century -- a Super Blood Wolf Moon.

A Super Blood Wolf Moon is three lunar phenomena happening at once: The moon -- being at it's closest point to the Earth ("super") -- fully eclipses, achieving a red tint ("blood"), while also being the first full moon of the new year ("wolf moon"). National Geographic explains it like this:

During totality, the full moon does not disappear entirely and instead turns a rusty shade of red, earning it the moniker “blood moon.” This lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, the traditional name for the January full moon. What's more, the moon on January 20 will be unusually close to Earth and so will be slightly bigger and brighter, making it a so-called supermoon.

So when will the Super Blood Wolf Moon occur?

According to, the partial eclipse should begin approximately 9:34pm Central Standard Time Sunday, January 20. The total eclipse should begin about an hour later at 10:41pm and will last about another hour with the moon at its peak eclipse at 11:12pm. The moon will end its total eclipse about 11:44pm and its partial eclipse by 12:51am. In total, the eclipse should last a full 3 1/4 hours.

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Will weather conditions allow us to see it?

According to the National Weather Service, the weather forecast for Sunday is 30% chance of snow before 9am followed by clouds.

In other words, we may or may not.

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