Sky Gazers prepare your telescopes.
A ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ Lunar Eclipse is set to be visible across Northern America and Europe on Sunday Night, marking the last such phenomenon visible until 2022.
Between January 21 – 22, we will be able to witness a full moon which will be accompanied by a total lunar eclipse. This phenomenon will cause Earth’s faithful natural satellite to become surrounded in an eerie red glow, known as a Blood Moon.
But not only that, as the cosmic phenomenon takes place, the moon will orbit our planet at its closest point, which will make it appear really big in the sky.
People living in Northern America, some parts of South America, as well as people in Europe and Africa, may experience a glimpse of the total lunar eclipse.
The combination of cosmic events is not expected to repeat until 2022. Lunar eclipses tend to occur (on average) around three times per years. However, this specific lunar eclipse, combining all events, is not expected to occur for another three years.
“It’s the last chance for a little while to see a total lunar eclipse,” explained Bruce Betts, chief scientist at The Planetary Society.
If you live in Europe or Arica, you will be able to observe the total eclipse unfold shortly before sunrise, so make sure to set your alarms early.
People living in North and South America will be able to see the eclipse around Midnight, so make sure you stack up on coffee.
As explained by experts, the full Moon is expected to be in the Earth’s shadow from around 03:34 GMT to 06:51 GMT.
According to NASA, the total eclipse can be appreciated for around an hour, starting at 0441 GMT.
As the moon is eclipsed it will remain observable as it will turn red, the reason why many people call this cosmic event a ‘blood moon’.
The moon’s color won’t actually change. The reason why Earth’s satellite will appear reddish in color from Earth is due to the same phenomena that cause sunsets on Earth to appear reddish or even orange.
As explained by Walter Freeman, an assistant teaching professor at Syracuse University’s physics department: “A little bit of sunlight is refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere and reaches the Moon, bending around the edges of the Earth. This small amount of red light still illuminates the Moon enough for us to see it. Instead of being bright and white, the Moon will be very dim and red, 10,000 or so times dimmer than usual.”
“A blood Moon is one of the few opportunities we have to see both the Moon and the stars in the sky at the same time since the Moon is usually too bright,” added Freeman