Total Lunar Eclipse Visible in Winnipeg

Pat Wise
January 22, 2019

The rare phenomenon, caused in part by a lunar eclipse, makes the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal.

Eclipse happens when the moon, Earth and the sun are lined up and on the same plane - allowing for the moon to pass through Earths shadow.

Residents of different countries are looking forward to seeing the "super wolf blood moon". The beginning of the total eclipse phase occured at 11:41 p.m. ET, according to NASA.

The next total lunar eclipse will take place in May 26, 2021.

Totality, which is when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow, lasted an hour. In January, it's known as the "wolf moon", inspired by hungry wolves that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The total lunar eclipse will last for more than five hours, in which the moon will go red; such a lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in alignment. The moon reached maximum eclipse at 9:12 p.m. and remained as such until 9:43 p.m.

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The next total lunar eclipse which will be visible in the United Kingdom is on July 27, 2018. The rare celestial event was visible across the Northern Hemisphere, including North and South America, parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There's a lot cloud around, but there are some breaks to enjoy the lunar eclipse as well".

But why don't we see total lunar eclipses more often?

Stargazer Sandra Barber took this picture of the lunar eclipse from her front garden at about 4.50am.

Unlike a solar eclipse, eye protection is not required for viewing.

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