Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

This particular Blood Moon is known as a Super Blood Wolf Moon.

It will start on Monday 21 January (NZT) and be visible from Europe and the USA, through to Africa and Russian Federation.

If the skies are clear, the entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and the French and Spanish coasts.

"Blood Moon" - the moon appears to be reddish in color during a total lunar eclipse as the sun, Earth and moon all line up. That mean that when the moon is at its closest point to Earth - known as the perigee - it can appear up to 17 percent larger than it does at the farthest point in its orbit. (Not that it isn't super already - we love our only natural satellite.) This recently popular but decades-old term is used to describe a full or new moon that is closest to Earth in its orbit, which is the shape of an ellipse, just like Earth's orbit is an ellipse around the sun.

Total lunar eclipses offer some interesting perspective, astronomers say. Green and blue don't make it through, scattered away by the particles in the Earth's atmosphere. That's when Earth's shadow will begin to nip at the moon. It will be the last total lunar eclipse until May 2021 and the last one visible in the Americas until May 2022.

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According to the Irish Astronomical Association, which is based in Northern Ireland, you won't need any special telescope to observe the eclipse, but a pair of binoculars will allow you to view the changing colours as it develops. In addition to the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON, attendees can expect to see other celestial spectacles like nebulae (gaseous clouds of space dust) and star clusters.

As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year. It could also take on little to no color, he said. January's full moon was referred to as the Wolf Moon.

The "super blood wolf moon" nickname is certainly ominous.

The moon rises the evening of January 30th, 2018 along the St. Petersburg waterfront.

First, let's look at the "blood" part of the name. A cold front is expected to pass through the region Sunday, which will drop an arctic chill into the area, quickly plunging overnight temperatures into the 40s during the eclipse. "It not only is a supermoon and it's a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long".

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