Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

"However, our telescopes magnify the moon 100 times which will provide spectacular detail as the Earth, Moon and Sun line up to create a total eclipse". Since this is the day before Martin Luther King Day, many children will not have school the next day and can stay up to enjoy the celestial spectacle with their families.

Take that away and you've got a super blood moon, which is a total lunar eclipse that happens at "perigee syzygy".

It will be the last Total Lunar Eclipse until May 2021, so you'll be wanting to check this one out. Unlike solar eclipses, the lunar varieties are safe to watch. You can look at it with your naked eye. On Jan. 20, the moon will be about 222,274 miles from Earth as a full moon.

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This map shows locations worldwide from which the January 20 total lunar eclipse is visible, weather permitting. The name can be traced to earlier times when wolves would gather to howl at the moon during an unusual event. The reason there's any color to the eclipse - or to sunsets and sunrises, for that matter - is because red light makes it through our atmosphere better than blue light, and the light cast on the moon during an eclipse is light that's peeking around the edges of the Earth through our atmosphere. Then there's the supermoon part, meaning the moon is at the point in its orbit where it's just a little bit closer to us, making it seem 10 to 15 percent larger in the sky. The "screen" is the full moon, and the "movie" is the progression of Earth's shadow across the face of the moon. Over the course of just an hour, an ever-bigger, dark shadowy bite will appear to be taken out of the moon until 11:40 p.m. when totality begins -- when Earth's shadow completely engulfs the lunar disk. Most, however, are less-than-ideal affairs in which just a fraction of the moon encounters the Earth's deepest shadow (or "umbra") or instead traverses in whole or in part the "penumbra"-a softer shadow that surrounds the umbra like a nebulous halo. Our world can change the appearance of another world, and during an eclipse, the universe lets us see this color play", she said".

"During totality, which will last 62 minutes, the moon will appear to glow like an eerie ball - which to the eye, and especially in binoculars and small telescopes - will appear nearly three dimensional", Joe Rao, an instructor at New York's Hayden Planetarium, wrote in a column.

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). January's full moon was referred to as the Wolf Moon. And yes, he said, the first full moon of the year was reportedly called a "wolf moon" by at least one Native American tribe.

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