Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

Sullivan, who objects to the recent trend of naming ordinary full moons and celestial events with words like "super" and "blood", said there is, however, a legitimately interesting lunar event coming: a total eclipse. As the light passes through the atmosphere it gets bent toward the moon.

First, let's look at the "blood" part of the name. It is the first total eclipse visible in North America in three years.

The Moon will turn red next week as Britain experiences its last total lunar eclipse for 10 years.

"During totality, which will last 62 minutes, the moon will appear to glow like an eerie ball - which to the eye, and especially in binoculars and small telescopes - will appear nearly three dimensional", Joe Rao, an instructor at New York's Hayden Planetarium, wrote in a column.

But because Earth's atmosphere extends about 50 miles up, during a total eclipse, although the Moon is in shadow, there is a ring around our planet through which the Sun's rays still pass.

Yes, there will be a full moon on January 20, according to Woody Sullivan, University of Washington astronomer and professor emeritus.

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So informally speaking, the upcoming lunar eclipse will be a super blood wolf - or great spirit - moon. For the keen sky-watchers the lunar disk will appear a few percent larger and brighter than usual making it a attractive sight to soak in and a great photo opportunity. Sunday's eclipse will nearly coincide with that perigee, meaning that the moon won't just be redder than usual, it will also look a tiny bit wider.

So, to recap: The moon will be closer to Earth than usual (a "super moon").

The red effect is due to Earth's atmosphere. It could also take on little to no color, he said. January's full moon was referred to as the Wolf Moon.

On top of changing colors, the moon will be super. If you decide to head out, look up and check it out, make sure to dress warm.

All week the Central Florida Astronomical Society has been celebrating Moon Week, and Sunday's culmination is this viewing party in honor of the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON!

By the time the total eclipse starts at 11:41 p.m., the view should be clear with only spotty upper level clouds, says Scott Krentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based out of Greenville-Spartanburg.