Total Lunar Eclipse Expected at the End of AFC Championship Game


It's being hailed on social media as the "super blood wolf moon", though it's not really different from any other total lunar eclipse. About once a month, a full moon is visible when it nears that far point and shines brightly as Earth covers up most of the sun. Full moons were traditionally given names by Native American tribes to keep track of seasons.

It will be the last Total Lunar Eclipse until May 2021, so you'll be wanting to check this one out.

All week the Central Florida Astronomical Society has been celebrating Moon Week, and Sunday's culmination is this viewing party in honor of the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON!

Viewing of the phenomenon will be available at the centre's observatory which will be open free of charge from 5:30 midnight.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth and sun line up with us being in the middle.

The super part comes from the moon's position in orbit in relation to the earth.

By the time the total eclipse starts at 11:41 p.m., the view should be clear with only spotty upper level clouds, says Scott Krentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based out of Greenville-Spartanburg.

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The fact that it will be a super moon is because the moon's perigree, or closest approach, technically occurs at 2:59 p.m. Monday, when it's only 222,042 miles away.

While binoculars are nice, people can enjoy watching the lunar eclipse with the naked eye, and - unlike during a solar eclipse - no additional protection is needed, Sullivan said.

Although it is set to be a late Sunday night, there is no shortage of activities inside the centre in the lead-up to the eclipse. Totality ends at 12:44 a.m. with the partial eclipse finishing at 1:51 a.m. ET at which time the moon returns to its usual bright silvery self. As the light passes through the atmosphere it gets bent toward the moon. But that last part is because of something much cooler: an eclipse. It could also take on little to no color, he said.

As NASA explains, Earth casts a red shadow because of how our atmosphere scatters light.

The red effect is due to Earth's atmosphere. And the best thing is, you don't need any special equipment to watch it: just step outside, look up and find the moon.

Edmontonians will have the chance to view the lunar eclipse in style Sunday evening while celebrating with space-themed activities at the Telus World of Science.