Total lunar eclipse set to wow star gazers, clear skies willing

Gwen Vasquez
January 20, 2019

According to NASA, the complete lunar eclipse event is going to last three hours and 17 minutes, including the partial eclipse and total eclipse, whereas the total lunar eclipse will only be visible for one hour and two minutes.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

The "blood" part of the nomenclature refers to the color of the moon during a full eclipse.

Click "play" to hear the audio version of this story. Fazekas said this will make the moon appear approximately 16 per cent brighter and about 13 per cent larger in the sky.

In this situation, the Sun is behind the Earth, and the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow.

This is where the whole of the moon will appear red and is a great time to start looking at the eclipse, if you haven't already. We're getting the rare chance to gaze upon a unique celestial event - a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse happening simultaneously.

As sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, our blanket of air strips out the short-wavelength blues and yellows and leaves only the longer-wavelength oranges and reds.

As for the "wolf" part of the name, this lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, which is the name that has been traditionally given to the full moon experienced in the month of January. The moon's orbit, in turn, is tilted relative to Earth's orbit.

There's no need of any special equipment to watch Super Blood Wolf Moon.

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In London totality will be between 4.41am and 5.43am on Monday morning.

It's also the first total lunar eclipse visible in North America in three years. "Blood" is for the vermilion hue that shades the moon during a lunar eclipse.

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.

Fazekas said it will be fairly easy for Canadians to stay up and watch the total lunar eclipse this year.

He said: "The amount of sunlight that hits the Moon is much reduced, and what sunlight does hit the Moon has to pass through the Earth's atmosphere".

"Conveniently, the lunar eclipse happens early in the evening when little children will be up".

The most recent total lunar eclipse took place January 31, 2018, but its totality occurred around moonset, Kanipe said, so the moon would have been very low in the west around 5:30 a.m. Australia and Asia, including India, will miss the eclipse.

Have you ever seen a total lunar eclipse?

But if you end up missing it, there are four more eclipses set to happen around the globe in 2019, including a big solar eclipse in in South America this July, according to CNET.

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