Good chance to see the super blood wolf moon late Sunday night

Muriel Hammond
January 19, 2019

Sunday's eclipse is a "super" blood moon because of the specific time in its orbit when it's closer to Earth.

This type of eclipse is sometimes known as a "blood moon" due to the fact that the moon appears red in the sky.

For those who can't get outside or have their view blocked by clouds, the website timeanddate.com also has what Sullivan calls a surprisingly accurate and interesting simulator of what the eclipse will look like, as well as a livestream feed to watch the eclipse in real time.

A 2018 super blood moon as seen from Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado.

Totality begins at 9:12 p.m. PST, January 20 and 12:12 a.m. EST on Jan. 21 from North America, and will last for 62 minutes.

For Sunday, the label "blood" refers to the color the moon will appear during the eclipse.

A "wolf Moon" is simply a folk name for the Moon that rises during January. The "screen" is the full moon, and the "movie" is the progression of Earth's shadow across the face of the moon.

1 Spend your Sunday at Lowell Observatory for a total lunar eclipse after hours celebration.

Hence, the Super Blood Wolf Moon. "The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022".


Total lunar eclipses occur only during full moons.

WALTER FREEMAN, PHYSICIST, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY: "Minutes after 10:30 p.m". "As it passes through the atmosphere, just like when you see a sunset, the more blue light is scattered out and all you're left with is red".

Winnipeggers will have a chance to catch the sky lighting up red over the weekend. Wait for a few days until the Super Snow Moon is rising a few hours after twilight, and you may be able to see what astronomers call "zodiacal light", when it's possible to see sunlight reflecting on dust in the solar system. The eclipse will conclude just before 2 a.m.

The last stage of the eclipse will wrap up by 7.48am when the Moon is very close to the horizon and just before sunrise at 7.53am GMT. If you're going to look up at any point that evening, this is the time. A supermoon can appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a "micromoon", or 7 percent bigger than an average full moon.

This will be the first Total Lunar Eclipse (TLE) entirely visible from the island of Ireland since 2015 - with the next not taking place until 2028.

As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon will be cool to watch literally and figuratively.

He added that "at exactly 5.41 a.m., a maximum eclipse of the moon which may be visible to human sight will be witnessed, while the moon eclipse is expected to end at 6.43 a.m".

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