Planetarium offers free enhanced viewing of ‘super wolf blood moon’

18 January, 2019, 15:37 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Super Blood Wolf Moon 2019 UK

It is the last chance for United Kingdom observers to see a total lunar eclipse in its entirety until 2029.

Unlike a solar eclipse, when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth aligns to block the sun's light from the moon.

Capturing the eclipse on camera might prove a bit more hard for photographers, so astronomy expert Alan Dyer has a guide on How to Photograph the 2019 Lunar Eclipse.

"This one is particularly good", said Rice University astrophysicist Patrick Hartigan. He plans to attend an eclipse party at Hallock State Park Preserve on New York's Long Island. "It's about an hour". This occurs when the Moon, Earth and Sun align, with the moon behind the Earth, in its shadow.

The total phase of the eclipse will be visible from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and the western part of Africa, as well as the northernmost portions of Russian Federation.

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). The difference in size and brightness is due to the moon's proximity to Earth.

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Lastly, the January full moon is known as a Wolf Moon, in Native American tradition.

"It's a Super Moon which is 14 per cent larger, 30 per cent brighter with a reddish glow and Wolf is its regular name for that month", Roberts said in a statement of the rare lunar eclipse, which is actually a combination of astronomical events playing out at the same time.

According to Astronomy Ireland, the total part of the eclipse runs for 62 minutes from 4:41am to 5:43am on Monday morning, when the Moon will be high in the West as seen from all of Ireland. Weather forecasts predict harsh weather in some areas, but there will be live-stream options available.

Asia, Australia and New Zealand are out of luck.

Miss this eclipse and we here in Montreal will have to wait a few years - until May 15, 2022 for the next chance to see the moon turn blood red before our eyes. The first total lunar eclipse to follow January 21's event will occur on May 26, 2021, and will be visible over the Pacific Ocean, with viewing possibilities in North America, South America and east Asia.

As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year. The Feb. 19 supermoon will be a bit closer and one in March will be the farthest.

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