Elizabeth Rizini explains "The Moon of Superblood Wolves" – And The Weather Forecasts Of British Skyjackers
During the spectacular event, the natural satellite the Earth turns into a striking hue of red.
The entire eclipse will be visible from both North and South America as part of Western Europe (including Great Britain) and North Africa.
What is a complete lunar eclipse?
This kind of eclipse happens when Earth passes right between the Sun and the Moon. The sun stands behind Earth and the moon moves in the earth's shadow.
Will the moon appear in red?
Yes. Some commentators refer to the event as the "Moon of Superblood Wolves". The "super" part comes from the fact that the moon will be close to its closest approach to the Earth ̵
1; when it will be a little larger in the sky than usual. The "wolf" part comes from the name given to the moons in January – "the moons of the wolf".
Walter Freeman, assistant lecturer at Syracuse University, New York, said: "A little sunlight breaks from the Earth's atmosphere and reaches the moon, bending around the edges of the Earth. This little red light still illuminates the Moon enough to see it. "
Where and when can I see it?
Eclipse begins at 02:35 GMT on Monday and ends at 07:49 GMT, but the period when the entire Moon appears in red appears at 05:12 GMT. In the UK, the moon will be over the horizon throughout the eclipse, though from the far southeast of England the sun will rise when it comes to its end.
This eclipse will also be seen in northwest France, northwest Spain, Portugal, a small part of West Africa, almost all of North and South America, the eastern Pacific and northeastern Russia.
Is it safe to look at?
While solar eclipses are dangerous to view directly, the light from lunar eclipses is much weaker and is completely safe for viewing without special equipment.
Why is it significant? 19659007] The event is the last chance for UK skyscrapers to see a complete lunar eclipse in its entirety by 2029 if time permits.
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