Partial eclipses leading up to and following the total eclipse mean the entire event will last 3.5 hours. A lunar eclipse occurs the moon passes directly behind the Earth, into its shadow.
Hoping to watch this weekend's "super blood wolf moon" eclipse from South Florida?
Why the total lunar eclipse is called Blood Moon? As a result, the Moon is called the "Blood Moon".
"The moon is going to be so bright until the shadow starts to cover it". The only light wavelength left is red - dimly illuminating the moon with less than one-thousandth of the full moon's normal brightness. Earth's orbit around the moon is not perfectly round, so as it circles Earth it is sometimes closer and sometimes farther away, by a distance of about 26,000 miles. A screening of the Hollywood hit First Man will also be playing in the IMAX theatre at 7 p.m. for an additional charge. "You can start to make out details of craters and other smaller features on the surface of the moon". "This totality lasts roughly another hour, and at about 1:45 a.m. EST on January 21 (10:45 p.m. PST on January 20), the full moon will return to its normal appearance".
A partial eclipse will also be visible in lead up to the total eclipse and after it is completed.
The rare coming together of the supermoon and a blood moon lunar eclipse is being named the "Super Blood Wolf Moon".
While total lunar eclipses are not especially rare, the 2019 version takes place early enough in the evening that it can be enjoyed by US stargazers of all ages, said George Lomaga, a retired astronomy professor from Suffolk County Community College. "It not only is a supermoon and it's a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long". Viewing could depend on weather. Not much darkening will be visible yet, according to NASA.
But, if you have hand warmers and a large hat and scarf, you can stick around for the moon's full dance through Earth's shadow.
Finally, the "wolf moon" is just another name for the first full moon of the year.
For thousands of years the beauty and mystery surrounding this disappearing moon act has fascinated cultures around the world, and even today it still amazes.
While Asia had a prime viewing last year, when two total lunar eclipses occurred, this year the continent is not as lucky.
It will take place early on Monday morning, beginning at around 2.35am and ending at 6.51am, however the best time to glimpse the phenomenon will be at 5.15am - the "maximum eclipse" phase. It's the "moment of greatest eclipse, when the Moon is halfway through the umbra, occurs", NASA explains.
"A little bit of sunlight is refracted by the Earth's atmosphere... bending around the edges of the Earth" before reaching the moon, causing the reddish tint.
Capturing the eclipse on camera might prove a bit more hard for photographers, so astronomy expert Alan Dyer has a guide on How to Photograph the 2019 Lunar Eclipse. You can safely look at the blood moon from anywhere skies are clear enough, unlike solar eclipses that require special eye protection in most cases.
Once the lunar eclipse had ended, the Mesopotamians would make the faux-king disappear "possibly by poisoning".