Super moon, a total Lunar eclipse and bright planets

Posted January 19, 2019

Though these times mark the moon's location in the sky relative to Earth and the sun, the very nature of the eclipse - such as the shade of red it turns - will depend on weather and atmosphere conditions that day. The total lunar eclipse will begin on Sunday at 11:41 p.m., lasting until 12:44 a.m. on Monday.

But to see the decade's final total eclipse of the moon, all you need is one hour and two minutes.

So what about the "super" part of Sunday's show in the sky? The January 20-21 total lunar eclipse is the 18th total lunar eclipse since 2001, the beginning of this century. "But it's really just a full lunar eclipse". This accounts for the infrequent occurrences of total lunar eclipses. At this point, the moon is not yet a dark red, but it is slightly dim.

The Moon will be completely covered by the Earth's shadow for over 60 minutes.

The Moon will be pretty low in the sky, so to have a chance of seeing it, make sure you have a free line of sight to the western horizon. 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.

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What happens if you miss the total lunar eclipse?

Adler will be hosting a watch event called "Lunapalooza" in and outside its lakefront campus building between 8 p.m. and midnight. "It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages", according to

So far, it looks like the weather New England will be experiencing will impact visibility of the eclipse in the region.

The total eclipse is set to last just over an hour, with the partial eclipse visible for nearly four hours. The one in January is a wolf moon, a name derived from Native Americans, who heard the howling of wolves hungry for food in the dead of winter.

North and South America will get the best view of the super "blood moon", as it's known, but Europeans and Africans will also be able to watch (weather permitting).

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First, the moon will enter the penumbral phase, where it glides through Earth's outer - and much fainter - shadow. At apogee (the most distant part), the moon is 252,000 miles (405,500 kilometers) away.

All three things will be happening at once: a super moon, lunar eclipse, and a full moon.

"The super part of it is telling us that the moon is going to be super-sized", he said. "So that's what gives it the red color, and that's why people refer to it as a blood moon now".

The York County Astronomical Society has invited the public to peer through its observatory's telescopes for a close-up look In Pennsylvania. while extremely large crowds are expected in Los Angeles, some website will live-stream a telescopic view of the eclipse.

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