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


As if a total lunar eclipse wasn't awesome enough, this month's full moon is also at its perigee; at its closest position to Earth in its orbit, appearing larger than normal and often dubbed a "Supermoon".

"For a blood moon and a super moon to come together is fairly rare, it only happens every two years or so". The "wolf" part comes from the name given to full moons in January - "wolf moons".

According to CNN, this eclipse is being called the super blood wolf moon in reference to Native American roots. The Earth's shadow will continue to encroach across the moon for the next few hours, hitting maximum eclipse (is that a Hyundai model?) for about an hour between 11:40 12:40 a.m. ET, NASA predicts. During this one, the moon is closer to Earth than usual and will appear to be 14 percent bigger. National Geographic says a supermoon is an astronomical phenomenon in which there's a full moon "on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun (a state called syzygy), and at its closest point to the planet (a state called perigee)". The shorter, more pliable blue wavelengths of light are scattered outside the Earth's shadow and the longer, less bendable red wavelengths are refracted toward the moon. Peak eclipse viewing is at 9:12 p.m.

This will be the last total lunar eclipse visible in the US until May 26, 2021.

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The next total lunar eclipse that's positioned over North America won't be until May of 2022.

The statement read, "Nigeria is set to experience a total Lunar eclipse on the early morning of January 21, 2019".

The full effect will be easiest to see away from city lights, but Peterson said the eclipse should be visible anywhere the moon is. The entire ordeal lasts about 3 and a half hours.

The next "blood moon" fully visible in South Africa will be on May 26 2021 though another partial eclipse will be visible in January of 2020. Without an atmosphere the Moon would appear black or even totally invisible when it was within Earth's shadow. The deepest phase of the eclipse will be at 7.13am. However, there is no official live stream available from NASA. But some light makes its way around the Earth and through the Earth's atmosphere to reach the moon and the result is a red coloring on the moon.