Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

A Total Lunar Eclipse Will Coincide With Sunday's Supermoon

A Total Lunar Eclipse Will Coincide With Sunday's Supermoon

The super blood wolf moon won't get you, and Florida's weather outlook seems like you won't get rained out.

THE first full moon of the year is often known as the Wolf Moon and, this year, it is not only a supermoon (at its closest to Earth), but there will also be a total lunar eclipse visible from North and South America, Europe and western Africa.

According to Alle, a lunar eclipse is a celestial incident where the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth's shadow.

The star-studded celebration takes place on the terrace of Seminole State College's McGee student center, adjacent to the Emil Buehler Planetarium. The last supermoon/lunar eclipse occurred in 1982.

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.

As long as the skies cooperate and stay at least partially clear on the night of the 20, expect to first catch sight of the full silvery moon as it rises above the eastern horizon just after sunset. "This is the period of totality, where the moon lies entirely in the Earth's umbra (full shadow) and will appear red".

It could become a so-called "blood moon" and take on a reddish cast, he said.

A Super Moon is when the moon is on it's closest part of its orbit around Earth, it's perigee. You'll see the same thing, but obviously in reverse in the second half of the eclipse.

The super part comes from the moon's position in orbit in relation to the earth.

As many as 2.8 billion people may see this weekend's eclipse from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa and northernmost Russian Federation, according to

"Those in the United Kingdom will be able to see every part of the eclipse as long as they are willing to stay up all night!" "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". In 2022, we'll get in on a double dose of lunar darkness. The entire eclipse lasts for more than five hours, ending at 7:48am.

Hence, the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

Edmontonians will have the chance to view the lunar eclipse in style Sunday evening while celebrating with space-themed activities at the Telus World of Science.

The "wolf moon" name is a Native American moniker, according to, because of the sound of howling hungry wolves outside villages traditionally in the month of January.

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