Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Last year’s “super blue moon” total lunar eclipse.
Marco Ugarte  
AP

Last year’s “super blue moon” total lunar eclipse. Marco Ugarte AP

There is no scientific evidence that the moon phase plays any particular part in the calls of the wolf, but wolves are nocturnal animals, so they are in general more active at night. So, let's break down the hype, starting with the eclipse. That can only happen when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. 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.

Once the eclipse is over on Sunday you won't get another glimpse of a Super Blood Wolf Moon until November 8, 2022. The moon will start to move into Earth's shadow at about 2.30am, but will be completely inside the shadow between 4.40am and 5.40am. Not much darkening will be visible yet, according to NASA.

In the US, the eclipse will begin relatively early Sunday evening, making it easier for children to stay up and enjoy the show.

The moon will stay bathed in our colorful shadow for over an hour before orbiting back out into the sunlight.


It could become a so-called "blood moon" and take on a reddish cast, he said. That light can also change based on dust, pollutants or other particles in Earth's atmosphere.

Last year's Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse.

The blood moon comes overnight. The total eclipse is set to take over the city skies around 9:41 p.m. and end at 10:43 p.m. The main impediment to experiencing the relatively rare phenomenon: Weather.

Hence, the Super Blood Wolf Moon.


The number of eclipse watchers soared higher than the heavens last July when we had a once-in-a-lifetime experience and what is fun about Sunday night's show is that the January 20-21, 2019 total lunar eclipse will last one hour and two minutes, according to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center lunar eclipse projections.

My modern-day chums at AccuWeather are predicting, as of this morning, a clear night for the eclipse - despite freezing temperatures in the 20s - and, no, you will need no special eyewear as is required for a daylight eclipse. Or you can just wait for the Instagram posts. From Hawaii to ME, all 50 states will have a chance to see it - the most widely visible lunar eclipse in the United States since October 2014.

If the skies are clear, the entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and the French and Spanish coasts.


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