A 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' is happening this weekend

Pablo Tucker
January 18, 2019

But they had prime viewing previous year, when two total lunar eclipses occurred. The lunar eclipse will be over at around 8.50am. About once a month, a full moon is visible when it nears that far point and shines brightly as Earth covers up most of the sun.

The Planetarium at Union Station will offer an enhanced viewing of the super wolf blood moon on Sunday night.

Starting at around 7:34 p.m. PT or 10:34 p.m. ET Sunday, a partial eclipse will begin, with the full eclipse starting a little over an hour later. All you have to do is go outside and look up. The eclipse will conclude just before 2 a.m.

Unlike a solar eclipse, when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth aligns to block the sun's light from the moon.

Spectators can expect the Moon to begin to darken slowly before turning red as it becomes completely caught in Earth's shade.

"A full 62 luxurious minutes of totality", says Sky and Telescope Magazine.

Once the eclipse is over on Sunday you won't get another glimpse of a Super Blood Wolf Moon until November 8, 2022.

On top of changing colors, the moon will be super. Hence, the "Super" portion of the moniker.

In Britain the Moon will be above the horizon throughout the eclipse, though from the extreme southeast of England the Sun will have risen as it comes to an end. The difference in size and brightness is due to the moon's proximity to Earth. The last supermoon/lunar eclipse occurred in 1982. Green and blue don't make it through, scattered away by the particles in the Earth's atmosphere.

Joel 2:31, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord come". January's full moon was referred to as the Wolf Moon. But it isn't the so-called "super blood wolf moon", according to one local astronomer. And the best thing is, you don't need any special equipment to watch it: just step outside, look up and find the moon. If you decide to head out, look up and check it out, make sure to dress warm.

Environment Canada is calling for clear skies for Sunday night's eclipse with a low of only -4 C, so night-sky gazers should be able enjoy the view in relative comfort.

This will be the first Total Lunar Eclipse (TLE) entirely visible from the island of Ireland since 2015 - with the next not taking place until 2028.

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