The blood moon: 2019 wolf moon eclipse to be visible this weekend

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There's much that scientists can learn about the moon during total lunar eclipses, Jolliff said.

And lastly is the 'Wolf Moon, ' a name given to the first full moon of the year. You probably won't be able to notice the difference in the size or the brightness of the moon, but it is noteworthy enough as an astronomical event. Most colors on the spectrum are blocked, but red usually makes it through, effectively projecting all of Earth's sunrises and sunsets onto the moon's surface like a celestial cinema.

Look up into the night sky on Sunday and - if it is clear - you may witness the so-called "Super Blood Wolf Moon" total lunar eclipse, which will take a star turn across the continental United States during prime time for viewing.

From start to finish, Sunday's lunar eclipse should last about five hours, according to figures released by NASA.

If the skies are clear, the entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and the French and Spanish coasts. Also called the Storm Moon and Hunger Moon because of it being at the coldest time of year, the Super Snow Moon may be a good time to get used to going out at dusk. That can only happen when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun.

Because the moon's orbit around Earth is slightly tilted with respect to Earth's orbit around the sun, an eclipse doesn't occur every time it passes behind our planet. The total eclipse is set to take over the city skies around 9:41 p.m. and end at 10:43 p.m. "It not only is a supermoon and it's a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long".

Events include a special presentation in the renovated Zeidler Dome about the geometry of the eclipse as well as a peek at the new S.P.A.C.E. Gallery featuring a real piece of the Moon.

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The first full moon of 2019 will be unique.

The moon also will appear large, because it will be at a point in its elliptical orbit that's close to the Earth. As a result, the Moon is called the "Blood Moon".

The viewing in front of Union Station begins at 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

There will be three full supermoons in coming months.

The phenomenon will occur overnight into Monday and will be visible all over the UK.

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.

The Spokane area will see its next total lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021, with totality at 4:11 a.m. That's when the eclipse will be at its climax - the Earth, moon and sun will be exactly lined up in an eclipse.

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