Super wolf blood moon: What to know and how to watch it

20 January, 2019, 18:23 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • How to see the last 'super blood wolf moon' lunar eclipse for 18 years

This weekend, a total lunar eclipse will give skywatchers a chance to see the moon turn a tiresome red as it slips into Earth's shadow.

In August 2017, we experienced a total solar eclipse, here in the Tennessee Valley. January's full moon is known as the wolf moon or the great spirit moon. The "Super Blood Wolf Moon" will be visible across the us and South America for about three hours.

A wolf moon is an old nickname given to the January full moon, and dates back to the days when Native American tribes assigned nicknames to each month's full moon to keep track of the seasons. "It's just a wonderful thing for the whole family to see because it's fairly rare to have all these things kind of come together at the same time ... the good thing about this is that you don't need any special equipment".

Astronomers call this a "super" moon because it's a little closer to Earth than usual so it looks at least a little bigger than your average moon.

This longest lunar eclipse to take place this century will be visible in the US, Canada, South America, parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.

Mr Curran said the expression Blood Moon gained popularity in 2013 when two Christian pastors coined the term in a book describing an upcoming "lunar tetrad" of eclipses in apocalyptic terms. The second one takes place February 19 and the third on March 21.

As our planet's shadow passes the moon, it turns a spooky red colour.

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This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.

Starting at half past eight, the shadow will start to encroach on the moon, with the body in full eclipse by about 9:45 p.m. The deepest phase of the eclipse will be at 7.13am.

There won't be another total lunar eclipse visible on earth until May 2021.

About 90 minutes later, it will reach totality.

A blood moon last occurred in July 2018, though clouds largely obscured the celestial phenomenon in the UK. The colors you see will be all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets refracted onto the moon by our atmosphere.

Astronomy and Astrophysics researchers at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), said on Saturday that there was nothing to fear over the expected total lunar eclipse on Monday. That's what makes this lunar eclipse so exciting.

Lastly, there will be no partial or complete lunar eclipse visible in India, China, Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asian countries, Koreas, Pakistan and parts of Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and parts of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

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