Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Gwen Vasquez
January 18, 2019

A rare lunar eclipse entitled the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" will appear across the world, including the U.S., this Sunday. Pacific Standard Time, reach totality between 8:41 and 9:44 p.m. and be over by 11:48 p.m.

According to Alle, a lunar eclipse is a celestial incident where the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth's shadow.

The science centre will be offering extended hours Sunday to ring in the total lunar eclipse, the first of its kind fully visible in Edmonton since 2015.

In addition to the moon's elliptical orbit around Earth, the path of the moon's orbit is slightly tilted from the plane of the Earth around the sun. You can see the moon in the sky already during the afternoon and on Sunday the moon will rise around 15:30, so there isn't the dramatic rising from the horizon after dark sequence which generates the best Supermoon photos. The "Super Moon" refers to a full moon that occurs when the moon is the closest distance to the earth. For a brief time on Sunday the entire visible face of the moon will bask in what is literally an out-of-this-world sunset.

Yes, there will be a full moon on January 20, according to Woody Sullivan, University of Washington astronomer and professor emeritus. There's another storm expected Sunday raising the possibility that the eclipse could be eclipsed by clouds. But that last part is because of something much cooler: an eclipse.

The website also explains why this type of eclipse is rare.

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What is a blood moon?

If you're hungry for the eerie sight of a total lunar eclipse, you have to keep the weather in mind. The rest of Europe, as well as Africa, will have partial viewing before the moon sets.

The Moon will be completely covered by the Earth's shadow for over 60 minutes. But the weather forecast for much of the USA doesn't look good. That's why it's called a wolf moon.

And from eastern Cuba, the moon will appear directly overhead. The more particulate or pollution in the atmosphere, the redder the moon appears. TimeandDate.com will begin their coverage at 10 p.m. ET. For a shadow, it will be quite bright: Before a potential audience of almost three billion people, the moon will gradually transform into a glowing copper-colored orb, tinted by sunlight bouncing off and passing through the air in our planet's dense atmosphere.

"It not only is a supermoon and it's a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long".

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