Total lunar eclipse occurs Sunday night

The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view a lunar eclipse

Meanwhile, we won't see the next coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the USA until August 12, 2045.

The "Wolf" moon is the name given to January's full moon. That name can be broken down into several parts, the "blood moon", the "super moon", and the "wolf moon". It is kind of egg-shaped. Currently, the moon is very close to its perigee, or the closest point in the moon's orbit to Earth.

"We're going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipses over the next couple of years", explained Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

The term "blood moon" comes from the eclipse that's expected to happen just hours before the full moon. As Chicagoans, we don't get as many chances to enjoy the cosmic wonders in the night sky because of light pollution. Of course, if it passes behind the Earth's shadow, it is no longer illuminated by the sun. In collaboration with global partners, ESA is preparing to go forward to the Moon on several missions to be developed over the next few years. But some light makes its way around the Earth and through the Earth's atmosphere to reach the moon and the result is a red coloring on the moon. Instead, sunlight that reflects off the moon's surface and travels to Earth. The moon will give a reddish glow.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through Earth's shadow as our planet goes around the Sun. That "bite" gets bigger and bigger as the moon moves deeper into the shadow.

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In the first phase, no real difference will appear in the moon.

The lunar event will last about four hours, beginning at 9:36 p.m ET Sunday, Jan. 20 and ending about 1:50 a.m. ET Monday, Jan. 21.

Unlike a solar eclipse, no special glasses are needed. Here is what you need to know, where to look and when to not miss this extraterrestrial event. City lights also will not interfere with seeing the eclipse.

In the USA, the eclipse will begin relatively early Sunday evening, making it easier for children to stay up and enjoy the show.

A combination of astronomical events is happening all at the same time Sunday night and some in southern Alberta will have a front seat to the action.


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