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Total Lunar Eclipse Occurs Sunday Night During Super Blood Wolf Moon

Sunday night, the Earth will slide directly between the moon and the sun, creating a total lunar eclipse. There will not be another until 2021.

Posted: Jan. 20, 2019 12:22 PM
Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 4:40 PM

Updated story and video 8:10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 - Night sky-gazers across the country will be able catch a glimpse of a rare Super Blood Moon.

It looks like it will not be quite clear enough for us to see here in North State on Sunday night, but the total lunar eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon will be seen across the continental United States during prime viewing time.

The total eclipse will begin minutes just before 9:00 p.m. on the West Coast and will last for about an hour.

The best viewing is from North and South America, according to National Geographic.

Dr. David Reitzel, a lecturer in astronomy, said, "Orbit is not circular. It spends time a little further from the Earth. It spends time a little closer to the Earth... and it just so happens that during this fuller moon, the moon is in its closer part to the Earth, so folks call it a Super Moon."  

Partial eclipses leading up to and following the total eclipse mean the entire event will three and a half hours.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The celestial curtain will be rising soon on a lunar extravaganza.

Sunday night, the Earth will slide directly between the moon and the sun, creating a total lunar eclipse. There won't be another until 2021.

It will also be the year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.

The entire eclipse will exceed three hours. Totality - when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow - will last an hour.

Expect the eclipsed, or blood moon, to turn red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

Everyone everywhere can catch the supermoon, weather permitting.

But the entire eclipse will be visible only in North and South America, and across the Atlantic to western and northern Europe.

The eclipse will start at approximately 7:34 p.m. PST, with totallly beginning around 8:41 p.m. PST.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press)

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