Heads-up for Sunday, a super 'blood moon' is on the way

Heads-up for Sunday, a super 'blood moon' is on the way

The Rothney Observatory will be open to the public on Sunday to view the Super Blood Wolf Moon, and Roberts said astronomers on site will have "lots of equipment and know-how to help you enjoy the experience". Kelly says the moon passes through the earth's shadow causing the red colour, which led to its blood moon moniker.

The star-studded celebration takes place on the terrace of Seminole State College's McGee student center, adjacent to the Emil Buehler Planetarium. January's eclipse combines a blood moon with a full super moon.

Starting at around 7:34 p.m. PT or 10:34 p.m. ET Sunday, a partial eclipse will begin, with the full eclipse starting a little over an hour later.

In the United Kingdom, the Moon will be above the horizon throughout the eclipse, although from southeast the sun will have risen as it comes to an end.

There are two types of supermoon: a full moon supermoon and a new moon supermoon.

Finally, full moons are given monthly names, and this one happens to be the "wolf" moon.

"It's going to look like someone took a bite out of the moon, but what you're actually seeing is the earth's shadow", Nichols said. However, a few times each year the full moon can look as much as 14% larger and can be 30% brighter than usual, and when that happens it's called a supermoon. According to New York City meteorologist Joe Rao, the Big Apple last had such a favorable viewing geometry in 1797, and another total lunar eclipse will not appear as high in the city's skies until far-off 2113. Why is it also called a Super Blood Wolf Moon? The sun, the Earth and the moon will converge in an instance of ideal cosmic alignment to create a total lunar eclipse.

The peak of the eclipse will occur at approximately 5:43am GMT for viewers in the UK.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon is positioned behind the Earth - and into its shadow.

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On the night of January 20, beginning just minutes after 10:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. PST), the moon will noticeably, progressively get darker. Due to the lunar eclipse, the Moon will have a reddish tint to it.

Winnipeggers will have a chance to catch the sky lighting up red over the weekend.

As many as 2.8 billion people may see this weekend's eclipse from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa and northernmost Russian Federation, according to Space.com.

A ruddy lunar eclipse hangs over Mount Rainier in 2015.

The last stage of the eclipse will wrap up by 7.48am when the Moon is very close to the horizon and just before sunrise at 7.53am GMT.

The total eclipse will last for about an hour, and the best viewing is from North and South America, according to National Geographic.

"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". The total eclipse will end at 11:50 p.m.

The moon also will appear large, because it will be at a point in its elliptical orbit that's close to the Earth. All you have to do is look out the window or step outside the house.

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