Total lunar eclipse: Super Wolf Blood Moon visible in the Netherlands

Total lunar eclipse: Super Wolf Blood Moon visible in the Netherlands

The eclipse will begin Sunday at 6:36 p.m. On Jan. 20, the moon will be about 222,274 miles from Earth as a full moon. During a supermoon, a full moon passes within 90 percent of perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth, and appears a bit larger than normal. The Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the Moon, which causes the Moon to glow red as the only light reflected from the lunar surface is refracted by the Earth's atmosphere.

It's being hailed on social media as the "super blood wolf moon", though it's not really different from any other total lunar eclipse. The partial eclipse is expected to conclude just before midnight.

On the evening of Sunday, January 20, the most stunning celestial light show over the continental US will actually be a shadow-the Earth's, in fact, sweeping across the nearside of the moon in a total lunar eclipse. But approximately once a year, as the moon travels along its tilted axis, it ends up directly behind Earth and is thrust into near darkness. But they had prime viewing previous year, when two total lunar eclipses occurred.

The name "wolf moon" comes from the Old Farmer's Almanac to refer to a "full moon".

Unlike a solar eclipse, you can look at a lunar eclipse. "A blood colored moon is created (by) ash from fires and volcanoes, . dust storms and pollution all filtering sunlight as it scatters around our world". Full lunar eclipses occur between two and four times a year.

Don't be afraid to look up Sunday night.

But what really makes this weekend's eclipse noteworthy is how easy it should be to see: Weather permitting, it will be visible in its entirety to all of North and South America (as well as parts of western Europe and northwestern Africa)-and in the Americas its timing happens to align with socially acceptable circadian rhythms. Weather forecasts predict harsh weather in some areas, but there will be live-stream options available. The last time New Yorkers could gaze so high at a totally eclipsed moon was in 1797, when John Adams was president; the next opportunity won't come until 2113. "Front row center" belongs to those who live near and along the U.S. East Coast, where the totally eclipsed moon will climb to extraordinary heights. The Virtual Telescope Project will begin its airing at 10:30 p.m. ET. You probably won't be able to notice the difference in the size or the brightness of the moon, but it is noteworthy enough as an astronomical event.

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