‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse

Pat Wise
January 19, 2019

The January 20-21 total lunar eclipse is the 18th total lunar eclipse since 2001, the beginning of this century.

The information was contained in a statement issued to NAN by Dr Felix Alle, the Head, Media and Public Communications of the agency in Abuja. "The same reason that a sunset appears red, which is that the light is scattered through the atmosphere of Earth causes the light hitting the moon during the total lunar eclipse to also appear red", he said. This occurs when the Moon, Earth and Sun align, with the moon behind the Earth, in its shadow.

The blood moon comes overnight. This will be on Sunday night into Monday. "People ask me all the time, what's your favorite thing about lunar eclipses?"

Capturing the eclipse on camera might prove a bit more hard for photographers, so astronomy expert Alan Dyer has a guide on How to Photograph the 2019 Lunar Eclipse. For the upcoming eclipse, the "orchestra seats" will most definitely be in North America, which will see this celestial performance high in the midwinter sky.

"This naming of every moon caught on in the last 10 years and it's driving me insane", he said, "but a total lunar eclipse is actually very interesting to see". That light can also change based on dust, pollutants or other particles in Earth's atmosphere.

During that hour the moon could disappear completely from view or, more likely, some of the light from the sun will filter through the Earth's atmosphere and you may see an orangey red globe hanging in the sky. "It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages", according to https://www.almanac.com.

On Feb. 19 our satellite will be 221,681 miles (356,761km) from Earth - the closest it gets - to create the biggest supermoon of the year.

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The moon also will appear large, because it will be at a point in its elliptical orbit that's close to the Earth.

And lastly is the 'Wolf Moon, ' a name given to the first full moon of the year. Totality is expected to start a little over an hour later, around 11:43 p.m., and hold for an hour.

Joel 2:31, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord come".

When and how can you see the Super Wolf Blood Moon?

So far, it looks like the weather New England will be experiencing will impact visibility of the eclipse in the region.

As for the full-moon supermoon, the one visible this weekend will be the first of three this year. You can safely look at the blood moon from anywhere skies are clear enough, unlike solar eclipses that require special eye protection in most cases. Totality ends at 12:44 a.m. with the partial eclipse finishing at 1:51 a.m. ET at which time the moon returns to its usual bright silvery self.

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