Blood moon set to bring lunar spectacle - send us your photos

Blood moon set to bring lunar spectacle - send us your photos

Blood moon set to bring lunar spectacle - send us your photos

Space expert and author Dr David Whitehouse said that the best time to observe the "super blood wolf moon" in the United Kingdom is between 4:30-5:30 in the morning.

Lunar eclipses are also called blood moons because the moon takes on a red or copper hue during the eclipse.

A super moon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter than usual.

"The Super Blood Wolf Moon will be visible for its entirety in North and South America on January 20-21", U.S. space agency NASA said in a statement.

The mesmerising phenomenon has been given its name as it is unusually close to the Earth - "super" - will be blood red - "blood"- and will be a full moon - hence, "wolf".

And this year's blood moon is of particular interest to astronomers and skygazers as it is the last of its kind for two years. Totality, when the moon reddens as it slips completely within Earth's shadow, will follow at 11:41 p.m. ET.

About 8:40 p.m. the umbra or inner darkest part of Earth's shadow will fall on the moon and it will become dark and appear reddish.

Fazekas said it will be fairly easy for Canadians to stay up and watch the total lunar eclipse this year. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by earth's atmosphere. This can only be possible when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned and having the earth between them. It should also appear red (a blood moon) as the light from the moon passes through our atmosphere which unfortunately is full of dust and pollution.

The January 2019 lunar eclipse will show the penumbral, partial, and total stages and will be viewable by the Americas for the first time in 19 years. Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon moves into alignment with the sun and earth.

He said: "You will see it from anywhere, as long as the skies are clear".

'It's the last chance for a little while to see a total lunar eclipse, ' said Bruce Betts, chief scientist at The Planetary Society.

The next partial lunar eclipse will be this summer, on July 16, but will be visible only in Africa and portions of Asia.

Cloudy weather can interfere with viewing, but experts say that unlike in the case of a solar eclipse, there is no need for special eyewear to step outside and view a lunar eclipse.

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