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Anatomy of a Super Blood Wolf moon

Anatomy of a Super Blood Wolf moon

So informally speaking, the upcoming lunar eclipse will be a super blood wolf or great spirit moon. Right now, some clouds are forecast in the Valley on Sunday.

January's full moon is sometimes dubbed a "wolf moon" in the folklore tradition because it occurs at a time of year when hungry wolves howled outside villages. The last lunar eclipse seen in the United States took place in September 2015.

The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only complete lunar eclipse of 2019.

There is a lot of speculation "out there" questioning whether a lunar eclipse can "trigger" natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, especially during this month's much-hyped Super Blood Wolf Moon. During a total eclipse, Earth blocks most light from reaching the moon, but a little bit passes through our atmosphere before falling on the moon.

The event, Kanipe said, unfolds in stages. The penumbral phase will start at 9:36 p.m. EST (6:36 p.m. PST) on January 20.

The eclipse is expected to last a total of five hours and 12 minutes, with the total eclipse lasting for an hour and two minutes.

"We're going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipses over the next couple of years", explained Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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The eclipse will officially start at 2.36am but the best viewing will start from 3.33 am when the moon will be high in the south west. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes exactly between the sun and the moon.

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North and South America, Northwestern France, Northwestern Spain, Portugal, Easter Pacific and Nothreastern tip of Russian Federation and Western Africa will witness a total lunar eclipse.

Kanipe threw some shade, however, on the "super" aspect of the event's billing. "People get excited about meteor showers, too, but they usually don't perform as advertised".

The Moon will be partially eclipsed between 03.35 and 6.51am, with the total eclipse from 4.42am until 5.44am.

You can watch the shadow progress across the moon. On that occasion, however, totality occurred just after moonrise, so it was low in the east just after sunset.

At 10:34 p.m. EST (7:34 p.m. PST), the partial phase of the eclipse will begin.

All exhibitions will be open, and telescopes will be set up on the lawn for guests. Known as a Super Moon, Supermoon, or Super Full Moon, it may look bigger and brighter than a normal full moon. No program is being offered in the planetarium itself.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar ones are safe to watch with the naked eye.

Guests 21 and over can enjoy lunar-themed cocktails throughout the night - the "Moonlight" and "Total Eclipse".

"It kind of doesn't matter", Barbara David said. Will you be watching on Sunday? So, why doesn't every full moon bring a lunar eclipse?