"Blood moon" visible in Saint Lucia this weekend

It's also a total lunar eclipse, with the moon covered by Earth's shadow and taking on a red glow - hence the name blood moon.

The eclipse will begin shortly after sunset in eastern North America and South America depending on where you are.

The Lunar eclipse is an event which occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth and into its shadow. As the shadow starts to fall on the lunar surface, it looks as if a bite has been taken out of the moon - a phase known as a partial eclipse.

As for the "wolf" moniker, the first full moon in January is traditionally called the "full wolf moon" in Indigenous culture, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

A "super blood wolf moon" is drawing near, and no, it's not the latest steamy tome from the fevered imagination of novelist Anne Rice.

The Earth, sun, and moon will line up in somewhat rare synchronicity for what will be the only total lunar eclipse this year.

This year's total lunar eclipse is scheduled to occur on January 20, and it will be the first lunar eclipse of the year.

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Astronomers and skygazers are particularly interested in this year's blood moon, as it is the last of its kind for two years and lasts for more than an hour. The entire celestial event will wrap up at 1:51AM ET, though there won't be much to see by that point.

While solar eclipses are unsafe to view directly, the light from lunar eclipses is much fainter and so is completely safe to view without special equipment.

According to Terry Moseley from the Irish Astronomical Association, one of the interesting things about eclipses is we don't know just how red it's going to be. The viewing runs from 9:30 p.m. until 12 a.m.

"The moon's orbit around the Earth is not perfectly circular". He was also using Eratosthenes' calculation for the circumference of the almost spherical Earth to derive his distances. The total eclipse, lasting 62 minutes, will start at 11:41 pm EST Sunday (09:41 am PST Monday). In total, this event will last a little over 3 hours. It's a lunar eclipse that comes at a particular time in the satellite's orbit.

The total eclipse will take place between 4.41am and 5.43am. Sadly, for India, some parts of Asia, and Australia, there isn't going to be anything special in the skies as they are going to be facing the Sun at the time of the lunar eclipse. To see if the eclipse is visible in your area, go to TimeandDate.com.

The USGS has also said that there may be a correlation between the lunar cycle and eruptions of Hawaiian volcanoes, but that attempting to predict eruptions around tides or the moon "would be absurd".

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