'Blood moon' to slip into Earth's shadow

Telus World of Science to pull all-nighter celebration for total lunar eclipse Sunday

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The eclipse would end when the Moon's wives came to protect him, collecting his blood and restoring his health. The eclipse reaches totality around 11:41 p.m. and continues past midnight.

"The moon will be sitting in Earth's shadow, and from the moon's perspective, the sun will lie behind the Earth", Hart explained. People in eastern Africa and eastern Europe would only able to view partial lunar eclipse. That particular circumstance is what causes the moon to turn red, or more of a brown color. Essentially, when the light from the Sun hits the Earth, the light splits into a rainbow similar to how light comes through a prism.

"So this is a really good one to catch as it's going to be a long time before you catch another one like this - we will have other lunar eclipses, we just won't have anything quite as spectacular until May 2021".

The color will also depend on how clear the atmosphere is across the globe, Nichols said. Indigenous tribes in North America kept track of seasons by observing the full moons, giving them names that related to their time of year.

When that happens, it will look like a chunk of the moon has gone missing.

As for the "Wolf" part of the name, it's just what January's Full Moon is known as. Total lunar eclipses have been termed "Blood Moons" because of the reddish tinge the moon takes once it's within the Earth's shadow and because of apocalyptic theories associated with the events.

A super moon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter than usual.

According to Spaceweather.com, in perigee the moon appears almost eight percent wider than the average full moon.

The partial eclipse will start at 8:33 p.m.

The planetarium's astronomy team will have telescopes set up for free outside along with portable heaters and a limited supply of hot cocoa.

Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College is hosting a free public observing event from 9 p.m.to 1 a.m.

It will last for about an hour, and the best viewing is from North and South America, according to National Geographic.

The vast majority of Asia, and all of Australia, will not be able to see the eclipse this time, according to NASA. This Sunday night, January 20, there will be another celestial phenomenon: a total lunar eclipse.

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