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How to watch the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse this weekend

How to watch the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse this weekend

A lunar eclipse - which only happens during full moons - takes place when the Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, blocking out the sun's light and casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

He further stated that this will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.

A total lunar eclipse and super blood wolf moon are going to play out simultaneously, promising a picturesque cosmic scene for skygazers. For a total lunar eclipse to happen, the moon must be full, which means it is directly opposite the Sun, with Earth in between.

During totality, the moon will look red because of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere. Those in the western hemisphere will be treated to a rare celestial alignment known colloquially as the "super blood moon".

Why is it called a 'super blood wolf moon?'

And since it appears in January, when wolves howled in hunger outside villages, it has earned the name wolf moon, according to The Farmers Almanac.

This morning, the Moon will turn to a coppery red colour as longer wavelengths colours in the spectrum are blocked and filtered away while shorter wavelengths such as red and orange are able to pass through it. Currently, the moon is very close to its perigee, or the closest point in the moon's orbit to Earth. It will appear seven to 14 percent bigger than a "regular" moon.

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

You can spy on the eclipse with your bare eyes, but you might see more details on the blood-red moon if you have binoculars or a telescope, Hartigan advised. In North America, the eclipse will begin from 11:41 pm ET on January 20, which translates to 10:41 am on January 21 (Monday) in India.

"A lunar eclipse is a fun event the whole family can enjoy and gives a nice connection to the natural world", Hartigan said.

That's why a lunar eclipse is often called a 'blood Moon'.

But astronomers and skygazers are particularly interested in observing this phenomenon as it will be the last blood moon of its kind for two years, and is expected to last more than hour.

The "super" part refers to the fact that the upcoming lunar eclipse occurs during a supermoon. South Africans will need to content themselves with live streams of the remainder of the astronomical event.