Get ready for the "super blood wolf moon" … or not

The phenomenon happens when the moon is full at the same time as or very near perigee- its closest point to Earth on an elliptical monthly orbit. It was the closest to Earth since

Wolf Blood Super Moon will be visible from Northern Ireland

Because the moon's orbit around Earth is slightly tilted with respect to Earth's orbit around the sun, an eclipse doesn't occur every time it passes behind our planet.

"The moon is going to be so bright until the shadow starts to cover it".

"If it were a flawless plane we would have an eclipse every month", Bruce said. According to New York City meteorologist Joe Rao, the Big Apple last had such a favorable viewing geometry in 1797, and another total lunar eclipse will not appear as high in the city's skies until far-off 2113.

It will be the last Total Lunar Eclipse until May 2021, so you'll be wanting to check this one out. The eclipse will begin around 3.30am and the Moon will be completely eclipsed around 5.40am. The greatest eclipse is at 9:13 p.m. Totality ends at 9:43 p.m.

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. You can safely look at the blood moon from anywhere skies are clear enough, unlike solar eclipses that require special eye protection in most cases.

Once totality occurs, one of three things could happen, and there's no way to predict which it will be, Sullivan said.

The "super blood wolf moon" nickname is certainly ominous. It could also turn a coppery red, which Sullivan described "as the most handsome thing". While the reddish-coppery color is common, it's not a guarantee Rao said, as it depends on atmospheric conditions at the time. In Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory said it was anticipating "extremely large crowds", and its website will live-stream a telescopic view of the eclipse. Further orbital resonance reentries contain a great number (about one hundred) possible collisions between Apophis and the Earth, the most risky of them in 2068", the report says. 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. January's full moon was referred to as the Wolf Moon.

So, Sullivan says, perhaps we should focus on that event, and not just on how fancy a name we can give it.

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