The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' will be visible over Orlando this weekend

The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' will be visible over Orlando this weekend

The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' will be visible over Orlando this weekend

A rare lunar eclipse entitled the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" will appear across the world, including the U.S., this Sunday. (Not that it isn't super already - we love our only natural satellite.) This recently popular but decades-old term is used to describe a full or new moon that is closest to Earth in its orbit, which is the shape of an ellipse, just like Earth's orbit is an ellipse around the sun. A supermoon can appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a "micromoon", or 7 percent bigger than an average full moon. This is quite a contrast with the total eclipses of the Sun, where viewing can sometimes hurt your eyes, special equipment is a big help, and the best show is only visible in a narrow path.

Three elements make a "super blood wolf moon", but the part that makes it so rare it happens only three times this century is the least impressive.

The viewing in front of Union Station begins at 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Unlike a solar eclipse, when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth aligns to block the sun's light from the moon.

So there's the super and blood parts of the moon. Totality-when Earth's shadow completely blankets the moon - will last 62 minutes, beginning at 11:41 p.m. EST Jan. 20.

A lunar eclipse dips down behind the Wheeler Town Clock in Manitou Springs, Colo. early Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. "It not only is a supermoon and it's a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long".

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In Britain the Moon will be above the horizon throughout the eclipse, though from the extreme southeast of England the Sun will have risen as it comes to an end.

However, light from the sun is refracted around the Earth and when it reaches the Moon, it gives it a reddish glow. As it takes over, the moon will go dark, though the edges will be fuzzy.

Parents "can keep their kids up maybe a little bit later", said, Hartigan, who will catch the lunar extravaganza from Houston. It all depends on how much dust is floating around in Earth's atmosphere at the time. January's full moon was referred to as the Wolf Moon.

Environment Canada is calling for clear skies for Sunday night's eclipse with a low of only -4 C, so night-sky gazers should be able enjoy the view in relative comfort.

This is not the first time a total lunar eclipse has coincided with a major Boston sporting event.

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