Super Blood Wolf Moon to light up sky on Sunday

A Blood Moon in the sky over Berlin Germany in 2018. January's eclipse combines a blood moon with a full super moon

A Blood Moon in the sky over Berlin Germany in 2018. January's eclipse combines a blood moon with a full super moon

The Wall Street Journal explains why the moon will seem red: "Because particles in the Earth's atmosphere scatter blue light, only the remaining red light will reach the moon" and bounce off it "when the Earth blocks the sun".

Super Blood Wolf Moon sounds like a lot, and it is, but it's also better than big-red-moon-in January-covered-by-shadow, which is basically what all that means. Sunlight passing around the outer surface of the Earth is filtered by particles in the atmosphere, casting the blood moon glow of total lunar eclipses.

The website is running a livestream for the lunar eclipse, which you can watch on January 20, 2019.

As a part of a citizen science program, some observers around the Chicago area will be polled on the pigment of Sunday night's eclipse to establish a baseline.

The full moon is known as a blood moon when it turns a reddish-brown colour, as it is lit up by light bent into the Earth's shadow by sunsets and sunrises. This brief window of opportunity will be your last chance to see the eclipse for almost two-and-a-half years.

1 Spend your Sunday at Lowell Observatory for a total lunar eclipse after hours celebration.

Unlike a solar eclipse, where the moon crosses the path of the sun, it is perfectly safe to look directly at the lunar eclipse.

The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' will be visible over Orlando this weekend
Parents "can keep their kids up maybe a little bit later", said, Hartigan, who will catch the lunar extravaganza from Houston. However, light from the sun is refracted around the Earth and when it reaches the Moon , it gives it a reddish glow.

Where will you be when the moon grows dark and ruddy this Sunday? Combined together, people are referring to this weekend's lunar eclipse as the "super blood wolf moon".

The phenomenon will occur overnight into Monday and will be visible all over the UK.

Walter Freeman from the Physics Department at Syracuse University, said: "There are no precautions you need to take when observing a lunar eclipse, since the Moon is never bright enough to hurt our eyes like the Sun is". Totality is expected to start a little over an hour later, around 11:43 p.m., and hold for an hour.

Well, a Super Wolf Blood Moon occurs when three astral events occur at the same time, namely a Super Moon, Wolf Moon and Blood Moon. And fortunately the eclipse is also taking place on the eve of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, when many Americans have the day off from work or school-so feel free to stay up late! Instead of reflecting sunlight as the Moon would have done at any other point, the Earth casts a shadow on the satellite.

That is why this one is being called a "super wolf blood moon". According to, the moon's orbit will take it between 221,681 miles and 252,622 miles this year. The Moon is given the name Super Moon when a full moon comes within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth.

Ancient Mesopotamians believed that a lunar eclipse was the result of seven demons attacking the Moon. Most, however, are less-than-ideal affairs in which just a fraction of the moon encounters the Earth's deepest shadow (or "umbra") or instead traverses in whole or in part the "penumbra"-a softer shadow that surrounds the umbra like a nebulous halo".

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