Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Blood moon set to bring lunar spectacle - send us your photos

Blood moon set to bring lunar spectacle - send us your photos

So what sets this moon apart from a wolf moon, or a blood moon or a super moon?

Complete path of the 2019 Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse.

According to The Weather Network, since the moon will be "very near perigee - its closest distance to Earth" it will be a Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar Eclipse.

The best time to catch the maximum eclipse is around 5.12am, when the moon will be completely submerged within the Earth's shadow.

A super moon is when a full moon is closer to the earth than normal and hence, appears bigger.

While solar eclipses are unsafe to view directly, the light from lunar eclipses is much fainter and so is completely safe to view without special equipment.

January's full moon is known as the Wolf Moon and gets its name from Native American Tribes who said wolves would howl outside villages.

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It begins with the partial phase at 10:34 p.m.

"We will have other lunar eclipses, we just won't have anything quite as spectacular until May 2021". However, this particular event will be the first total eclipse in years that is entirely viewable in North America, making it a rare treat for those on this side of the world. The moon will appear red as the blue light gets scattered in the earth's atmosphere and red light will be the most prominent. During this state the moon can appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than when the moon is furthest from earth. "During totality the lunar surface turns a copper orange due to sunlight refracting or passing through our atmosphere much like those hot summer sunsets on earth", says Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle.

The whole eclipse starts Sunday night on the East Coast, and will take about three hours. The total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be 3 hours 15 minutes.

The show will begin at 9:36 p.m ET, when the moon enters the Earth's penumbra, or the outer part of the shadow it creates as it blocks the sun. Most of Asia, Australia and New Zealand will be unable to see it.

A full calendar of Sunday night's events is available on NASA's website.

The reddish color is why an eclipsed moon is sometimes called a "blood moon".

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