Total Lunar Eclipse Meets Supermoon Sunday Night


As the Moon is so close to Earth, it appears larger in the sky than usual. Unlike solar eclipses, the lunar varieties are safe to watch.

The website also explains why this type of eclipse is rare. "It's about an hour".

The phenomenon will occur overnight into Monday and will be visible all over the UK.


First, the moon will enter the penumbral phase, where it glides through Earth's outer - and much fainter - shadow. On Jan. 20, the moon will be about 222,274 miles from Earth as a full moon.

But what really makes this weekend's eclipse noteworthy is how easy it should be to see: Weather permitting, it will be visible in its entirety to all of North and South America (as well as parts of western Europe and northwestern Africa)-and in the Americas its timing happens to align with socially acceptable circadian rhythms.

Furthermore, the moon will be very high in the midwinter sky for the continental USA, far from the horizon (where architecture, light pollution and low-lying clouds might otherwise spoil the view).

"If you are lucky enough to be able to see the whole event, you can get a mental picture of the size of the Earth's shadow at the distance of the moon by watching the moon move against background stars".

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

The name "wolf moon" comes from the Old Farmer's Almanac to refer to a "full moon".

"There will be other total lunar eclipses between 2019 and 2032 but they will happen as the Moon sets or rises from Ireland thus spoiling the view", said editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine, David Moore.

The Super Moon eclipse on September 28, 2015 as seen from Avon, Conn. Day, a national holiday when most Americans have no school or work. But the weather forecast for much of the USA doesn't look good. While the reddish-coppery color is common, it's not a guarantee Rao said, as it depends on atmospheric conditions at the time. And there is no need for special equipment like telescopes, the best views will be with the unaided eye and binoculars.

Asia, Australia and New Zealand are out of luck.

The total eclipse will begin in the Central time zone at 10:41 p.m. and reach totality at 11:13 p.m., ending at 11:43 p.m.

As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year.