Super blood moon lunar eclipse: Where to watch it in Bradford

Muriel Hammond
January 21, 2019

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow on the moon.

Super Blood Wolf Moon 2019 Lunar Eclipse viewing map.

While the upcoming eclipse is being called a "super blood wolf moon", Ursa said this is a total eclipse like any other. The moon will start to leave the earth's shadow at 11:43 p.m. Sunday and will return to its normal, bright complexion by 12:50 a.m. Monday, Nichols said.

During totality, the moon will look red because of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

The eclipse will begin at about 04:30 SAST but the moon will dip below the horizon before the earth's shadow stretches across the whole of the moon. [nL1N1ZI0CP] It is also a full moon that is especially close to Earth, called a supermoon. The moon is a wolf moon because it is a full moon in January.

And since it appears in January, when wolves howled in hunger outside villages, it has earned the name wolf moon, according to The Farmers Almanac. The Earth's atmosphere mostly scatters the blue light (which is why the sky is blue during the day), while the red light that is not scattered completely continues its way to the Moon and makes it red.

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 moon then appears bigger in the sky.

What is a "blood moon"? Indigenous tribes in North America kept track of seasons by observing the full moons, giving them names that related to their time of year. We can see the red light during an eclipse as it falls onto the moon in earth's shadow.

Meanwhile, we won't see the next coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the USA until August 12, 2045.

The entire event, which includes total as well as partial lunar eclipse will reportedly last for three and a half hours.

What is a Super Blood Wolf Moon?

When understanding of the eclipse phenomenon spread, Christopher Columbus once used his knowledge of a coming lunar eclipse to manipulate a Caribbean tribe into continuing to feed his crew.

Generally, NASA provides great live coverage of astronomical events like tonight's total lunar eclipse, but due to the government shutdown there is no special coverage to announce.

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