Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Posted January 19, 2019

"A Blood Moon is one of the few opportunities we have to see both the Moon and the stars in the sky at the same time, since the Moon is usually too bright". "Anyone who says "blood moon" must also know that the term has long gone out of fashion among the cool kids", German science writer Daniel Fischer says.

The Moon will turn red during eclipse totality - the moment when the Moon passes through the Earth's umbral or darkest shadow.

Astronomers said the super blood wolf moon eclipse may be darker than other lunar eclipses because of the closer proximity of Earth and moon.

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.

It's hard to predict the exact hue of lunar eclipses, but whatever shade results can offer insight about the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere.

Dyer suggests using a tripod and says taking lots of practice of taking moonlight shots before the big event on Sunday.

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!

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, forming a flawless line. Sunday's eclipse will nearly coincide with that perigee, meaning that the moon won't just be redder than usual, it will also look a tiny bit wider.

Sunday night's show starts with the full moon, which rises at 5:33 p.m. Sunday and sets Monday at 7:39 a.m. Makes sense so far, right?

So why does the Moon appear red?

On Sunday night, the air will be cold and the sky will be clear for most of the country as a total lunar eclipse bathes the moon in an eerie blood-red hue. A "wolf moon" is simply the folk name for a moon that happens in the month of January. The Weather Network said the name was used by early almanac writers and is based on Indigenous folklore.

"During a total lunar eclipse, the moon appears red and that's because the light is being refracted through the atmosphere of Earth". The total eclipse begins at 9:41 p.m. and should last about an hour.

The "super" part means that the moon is closer to Earth than usual.

The Rothney Observatory is located at 210 Avenue West at Hwy 22 South near Priddis. At 12:43 a.m. EST Monday (Jan. 21), the moon will poke itself out of the umbra and into the penumbra; and at 1:50 a.m. EST (10:50 p.m. PST, Jan. 20), it will have totally left the umbra.

The eclipse is expected to last a total of five hours and 12 minutes, with the total eclipse lasting for an hour and two minutes.

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

Alle said the lunar eclipse would, by 4.33am, become a partial eclipse, where the moon would start getting red.