NASRDA: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday

NASRDA: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday

The eclipse is set to begin at 2.36am on Monday January 21, though observers are unlikely to see anything until much later in the morning.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through Earth's shadow as our planet goes around the Sun.

The full moon this January is expected to be a bit more spectacular than most years because it will also be a supermoon and there's a total lunar eclipse on the agenda as well.

The entire eclipse will be visible from North and South America, as well as parts of western Europe (including the UK) and north Africa.

As for the "wolf" part of the name, this lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, which is the name that has been traditionally given to the full moon experienced in the month of January.

'This small amount of red light still illuminates the Moon enough for us to see it.

If you were standing on the moon as Earth began to block the sun's light, darkness would fall around you.

Basically, this rare total lunar eclipse is happening at the same time as a supermoon.

The red color comes from the way light from the Sun travels through Earth's atmosphere, causing it to refract.

Let's unpack that. The "super" stems from the fact the moon is now a little closer to Earth than usual in its elliptical orbit.

Star gazers from Los Angeles to NY will keep their eyes on the sky for the eclipse, known as a super blood wolf moon, expected to appear at 11:41 p.m. EST.

According to, the eclipse will be visible to Staten Islanders for about five hours, beginning at 9:38 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. By about 10:30 p.m., it will become a full moon again, Thanjavur said.

He said: "You will see it from anywhere, as long as the skies are clear". According to NASA, the next total lunar eclipse will be visible on May 26, 2021.

'While at perigee, the Moon appears slightly bigger and brighter from our perspective on Earth, so it's often referred to as a supermoon. Of course, if it passes behind the Earth's shadow, it is no longer illuminated by the sun.

Why is it called a 'super blood wolf moon?' And when would you get to witness a total lunar eclipse next time? "And, that's going to last about an hour".

No danger in watching the lunar eclipse - there's no call for special glasses like you'd need for a solar eclipse.

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