Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon can turn a coppery-reddish colour as Earth's atmosphere scatters the light from the sun, which will lie directly behind it.

"Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. This is the period of totality, where the moon lies entirely in the Earth's umbra (full shadow) and will appear red". "However, our telescopes magnify the moon 100 times which will provide spectacular detail as the Earth, Moon and Sun line up to create a total eclipse".

Because this is a lunar eclipse and not a solar one, there is no risk in looking directly at the Blood Moon.

Don't be afraid to look up Sunday night. On Jan. 21 the moon will be 222,043 miles (357,344km) from Earth, which is further away than normal, so it's also a supermoon. "But it's really just a full lunar eclipse". The lunar eclipse is for everyone!

This is when the eclipse will start - Earth's shadow will block some sunlight from reaching the moon, but not all of it.

The "Blood" part comes from the way the sun's light passes through Earth's atmosphere during the eclipse.

Total lunar eclipses occur only during full moons.

The sun, the moon, the stars, and the celebration of the late Martin Luther King are inching towards a flawless alignment for this Sunday night.

"It will reach its max - so when it's most red and in the exact middle of the eclipse - will be 12:12 a.m. on Monday, the 21st". "What happens in this particular supermoon is that the moon will appear 14 percent larger, and it will appear 30 percent brighter".

Eclipse totality will end by 5.43am GMT and partial eclipsing will begin. The super blood wolf moon won't get you, and Florida's weather outlook seems like you won't get rained out. "In Native American and early Colonial times, the Full Moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon", The Old Farmer's Almanac says.

"That just has to do with how close the moon is to the Earth", he said. It's caused by the moon's elliptical orbit, which means it gets to around 19,000 miles (30,000km) closer once each month.

"These events are always a lot of fun because no matter what happens outside, we're going to party with the moon inside", Nichols said.

Edmontonians will have the chance to view the lunar eclipse in style Sunday evening while celebrating with space-themed activities at the Telus World of Science. Because an eclipsed moon is always full, the moon sets (or rises) at nearly the same time as the sun rises (or sets) on the opposite horizon. That is the point where the moon will have that red-orange tint.

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