Astronomy Guru: Come howl at the moon

Sunday night January 20 to Monday January 21, the only lunar eclipse of 2019 will occur.  Not only will it be the only lunar eclipse of this year, it will be the last blood moon of this decade!  The moon will undergo interesting colour changes during this event as the Sun, earth and moon line up for the eclipse. As the earth has a much smaller diameter that then sun, rays of sunlight sneak out around the earth, casting interesting colours through earth’s shadow, the umbra. This light takes on a reddish orange colour, the same as the light at sunrise and sunset.



From sunset on, the night sky will become darker and darker. The deep blue of twilight, scatters and refracts through Earth’s atmosphere.  And, according to, “the red shades that accompany sunset and sunrise get cast into space.”   The sun lights up the underside of the moon.  During the eclipse, the moon will have to pass through Earth’s shadow, the moon will take on a red glow.  Coincidentally, “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,” says National Geographic

TimeandDate states that the penumbral eclipse begins at 8:36 p.m. CST January 20, 2019, with the total eclipse beginning at 10:41p.m. CST The eclipse will begin at 9:34 CST, and the last bit of earth’s shadow will depart from the moon at around 12:51 CST.  At 11:12 CST, the moon will show the reddish-orange colour at its maximum as the sunlight is refracted through Earth’s atmosphere, and shines up onto the moon’s surface. The total eclipse ends at 11:43 p.m. CST, with the penumbral eclipse ending at 1:48 p.m. CST. The partial eclipse begins at 9:33 CST, and ends at 12:50 p.m. CST. North Americans, will indeed be able to view the Super Blood Wolf Moon depending on weather conditions, and at the moment the forecast is for partially cloudy skies.

Astronomers Without Borders, San Francisco’s Embarcadero Exploratorium, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Slooh, The Virtual Telescope Project, TimeandDate livestream and the Weather Channel app will feature their own livestreams of the event .

In the peri-urban area of Saskatoon, the spectacle of the Super Blood Wolf Moon will be more impressive, so come out to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, or George Genereux Urban Regional Park, and catch this amazing sight!!!!

The next supermoon will be February 19 and March 21, whereas, the next total lunar eclipse will occur for North America on May 26, 2021. So, get out this Sunday night, January 20 2019, and howl at the moon!

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page:
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year).  Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT, or by using e-transfers  Please and thank you!  Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated.  Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date!

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“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

“The science of forestry arose from the recognition of a universal need. It embodies the spirit of service to mankind in attempting to provide a means of supplying forever a necessity of life and, in addition, ministering to man’s aesthetic tastes and recreational interests. Besides, the spiritual side of human nature needs the refreshing inspiration which comes from trees and woodlands. If a nation saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. And nations as well as tribes may be brought together in this great movement, based on the ideal of beautifying the world by the cultivation of one of God’s loveliest creatures – the tree.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.

“Our woods and forests, the indispensable lure of our earth organism, are falling into a murderous dance of death
“Planting and growing increasing quantities of trees is the scientific solution to Earth’s environmental dilemma.” –Richard St. Barbe-Baker


Author: stbarbebaker

This website is about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - an urban regional park of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hosts are the stewards of the afforestation area. The afforestation area received its name in honour of the great humanitarian, Richard St. Barbe Baker. Richard St. Barbe Baker (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English forester, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organization, Men of the Trees, still active today, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally. {Wikipedia} Email is StBarbeBaker AT to reach the Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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