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

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

This super blood moon is going to be fun because we will be able to see the moon and the stars in the same sky - usually the moon is too bright to see the stars at the same time, according to the Cherokee of the early 1800s. And the reason for that is the moon has an orbit around the Earth that brings it closer to and away from the Earth at different times in its orbit. A Wolf Moon is the name given to the first full moon in January. Total lunar eclipses only happen when Earth's shadow entirely engulfs the moon's face, and are relatively rare compared with their partial and penumbral counterparts-after this weekend the next one will not occur until May 26, 2021.

Where will you be when the moon grows dark and ruddy this Sunday?

According to NASA, The event will last about four hours, beginning at 9:36 pm ET Sunday, Jan. 20 and ending about 1:50 am ET Monday, Jan. 21. It's also know as old moon.

Furthermore, the moon will be very high in the midwinter sky for the continental USA, far from the horizon (where architecture, light pollution and low-lying clouds might otherwise spoil the view).

It's hard to predict the exact hue of lunar eclipses, but whatever shade results can offer insight about the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere.

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While total lunar eclipses are not especially rare, the 2019 version takes place early enough in the evening that it can be enjoyed by US stargazers of all ages, said George Lomaga, a retired astronomy professor from Suffolk County Community College.

For those who can't get outside or have their view blocked by clouds, the website timeanddate.com also has what Sullivan calls a surprisingly accurate and interesting simulator of what the eclipse will look like, as well as a livestream feed to watch the eclipse in real time. Then the real fun begins at 10:34 p.m. when the first hint of a Earth's shadow touching the moon will signal the start of the eclipse.

This is when the moon is closest to earth, and there's a total lunar eclipse. In any case, this is where the "Super" in "Super Blood Wolf Moon" comes from. For viewers in North and South America, the entire eclipse will be visible. For the next hour, the moon will dim slightly. The last supermoon/lunar eclipse occurred in 1982.

AND, TO THINK: When my boy Willard and I were preparing to register for our freshman year, he got into a froth when he read astronomy was "the study of heavenly bodies".

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