NASRDA reveals total lunar eclipse will happen on Monday

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"If you are lucky enough to be able to see the whole event, you can get a mental picture of the size of the Earth's shadow at the distance of the moon by watching the moon move against background stars". Sunlight passing around the outer surface of the Earth is filtered by particles in the atmosphere, casting the blood moon glow of total lunar eclipses. And the reason for that is the moon has an orbit around the Earth that brings it closer to and away from the Earth at different times in its orbit. That should be around 9:12 p.m. As it takes over, the moon will go dark, though the edges will be fuzzy.

Simon Fraser University's Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard is also hosting a special viewing of the eclipse on Sunday evening from 7 10 p.m.

This is when the "blood" part occurs, when the moon becomes a reddish-orange ball. The eclipse will not be visible to people in India and other Asian countries.

Sunday's lunar eclipse is also a super moon, an event that occurs when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around the earth.

Lunar eclipses take place cyclically, on nights when the moon passes through the shadow of our planet backlit by the sun. And even if you miss it, my advice to anyone in these kind of situations that are momentary is don't be disappointed. Although it being a supermoon makes it appear slightly larger in the sky, it does mean that totality lasts for less time.

If you're hungry for the eerie sight of a total lunar eclipse, you have to keep the weather in mind. Viewing could depend on weather.

According to NASA, if the skies are clear the eclipse will be visible across North America, South America, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, France and Spain.

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The first full moon of the month is called a wolf moon; that name dates back to ancient times when humans relied on the cycles of the moon.

"The wolf part of it is related to the mythology around a full moon during January".

4 According to, a solar eclipse "always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse". The first total lunar eclipse to follow January 21's event will occur on May 26, 2021, and will be visible over the Pacific Ocean, with viewing possibilities in North America, South America and east Asia.

5 The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014.

During that hour the moon could disappear completely from view or, more likely, some of the light from the sun will filter through the Earth's atmosphere and you may see an orangey red globe hanging in the sky.

The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in ideal alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow.

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