On the evening of Sunday, January 20, the most stunning celestial light show over the continental US will actually be a shadow-the Earth's, in fact, sweeping across the nearside of the moon in a total lunar eclipse.
Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon moves into ideal alignment with the sun and earth, giving it a copper-red or "blood" appearance to those watching from below.
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.
On Sunday, January 20, nearly exactly one year after the sighting of a Super Blue Moon lunar eclipse, Canadians will be treated to a full wolf moon creating a total lunar eclipse. "However, our telescopes magnify the moon 100 times which will provide spectacular detail as the Earth, Moon and Sun line up to create a total eclipse". "The one in 2024 will be a total solar eclipse visible from Texas to ME". The only light wavelength left is red - dimly illuminating the moon with less than one-thousandth of the full moon's normal brightness.
"You don't have to wait that long for the next lunar eclipse", Jolliff said. Only when that coincides with a full moon or a new moon is it called a supermoon. And, January's super moon is also called a wolf moon.
The name "wolf moon" comes from the Old Farmer's Almanac to refer to a "full moon".
By 10:33 p.m. ET, you should see Earth's shadow start to move across the surface of the moon, growing larger and larger and larger until it completely covers it up.
Capturing the eclipse on camera might prove a bit more hard for photographers, so astronomy expert Alan Dyer has a guide on How to Photograph the 2019 Lunar Eclipse.
However, light from the sun is refracted around the Earth and when it reaches the Moon, it gives it a reddish glow. And even if you miss it, my advice to anyone in these kind of situations that are momentary is don't be disappointed. This year, the moon will be high in the sky, which makes it the best chance to watch an eclipse in years.
The website timeanddate.com is running a livestream for the lunar eclipse, which you can watch on January 20, 2019. It could also take on little to no color, he said.
Then, the fun begins as the moon enters the umbra or darker shadow. Although it being a supermoon makes it appear slightly larger in the sky, it does mean that totality lasts for less time. Full moons were traditionally given names by Native American tribes to keep track of seasons.
CBN News previously reported about Pastor John Hagee, author of the 2014 best-selling book Four Blood Moons, and his belief that throughout history blood moons have been a sign from God to the world that something big is about to happen.
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