January 19, 2019

Usher in the new year with a total lunar eclipse

28 December 2018, 06:52 | Edward Lowe

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Super Blood Wolf Moon Moon Lunar eclipse

The celestial event will come almost a year after the 2018 Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse, this one featuring a red tinge caused by the moon passing through the Earth's shadow.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is positioned between the sun and the moon, casting the moon completely in the Earth's shadow and giving it an organish, "bloody" look.

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Here's a breakdown of this eclipse's awesome name.

Total lunar eclipses are often called blood moons because they cause the moon to take on a deep red color. Events such as this occur when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow; the vagaries of orbital mechanics mean that this happens only occasionally. A supermoon is a point during the month when the Moon is closest to Earth and it appears about 14 percent larger in the sky.

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This full moon will not only be a supermoon - meaning it appears bigger and brighter to the naked eye - but also coincides with a lunar eclipse in the UK.

The super blood wolf moon eclipse will occur at 12:12 a.m. ET on January 21, but you'll be able to watch the moon turn from white to orange in the hours beforehand.

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