A 2018 super blood moon as seen from Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado.
In addition to the Total Lunar Eclipse, it will also be a Supermoon, when the moon is at its closest spot to Earth in its orbit. 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.
"It's a Super Moon which is 14 per cent larger, 30 per cent brighter with a reddish glow and Wolf is its regular name for that month", Roberts said in a statement of the rare lunar eclipse, which is actually a combination of astronomical events playing out at the same time. The partial eclipse is expected to conclude just before midnight.
"This total lunar eclipse on the morning of Monday January 21st will be entirely seen in Irish skies from start to finish so we are recommending everyone take a day off work or school and watch this fantastic spectacle of nature when the brilliant full moon turns to a dim "blood moon" for 62 minutes".
As NPR's Rebecca Hersher has reported, the moon will get its shadowy revenge in a few years: "There will be solar eclipses visible from parts of the contiguous US on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024". A Wolf Moon is the name given to the first full moon in January. "A blood colored moon is created (by) ash from fires and volcanoes, . dust storms and pollution all filtering sunlight as it scatters around our world".
Neel Roberts, as astronomer with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Calgary, said southern Alberta will get one of the best views of the lunar event happening on Sunday evening. Weather forecasts predict harsh weather in some areas, but there will be live-stream options available. The first total lunar eclipse to follow January 21's event will occur on May 26, 2021, and will be visible over the Pacific Ocean, with viewing possibilities in North America, South America and east Asia. "Front row center" belongs to those who live near and along the U.S. East Coast, where the totally eclipsed moon will climb to extraordinary heights.
Here's what you need to know about the Super Blood Wolf Moon if you want to check out the eclipse this weekend. Without an atmosphere the Moon would appear black or even totally invisible when it was within Earth's shadow. Pacific Standard Time, reach totality between 8:41 and 9:44 p.m. and be over by 11:48 p.m. Some sunlight reaches the Earth's atmosphere, which envelops the moon and gives it the rich colour.
In recent years, a number of blood moons have captured global attention, causing some to speculate about a possible connection to prophecy and the End Times.