Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

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The reason there's any color to the eclipse - or to sunsets and sunrises, for that matter - is because red light makes it through our atmosphere better than blue light, and the light cast on the moon during an eclipse is light that's peeking around the edges of the Earth through our atmosphere.

On Sunday night, the air will be cold and the sky will be clear for most of the country as a total lunar eclipse bathes the moon in an eerie blood-red hue.

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In a total lunar eclipse, the moon never goes completely dark.

In addition to the moon's elliptical orbit around Earth, the path of the moon's orbit is slightly tilted from the plane of the Earth around the sun. You'll get a very nice view of surface features on the moon. Totality ends at 12:44 a.m. with the partial eclipse finishing at 1:51 a.m. ET at which time the moon returns to its usual bright silvery self. As a result, the Moon is called the "Blood Moon". The one in January is a wolf moon, a name derived from Native Americans, who heard the howling of wolves hungry for food in the dead of winter.

The partial eclipse will begin at 9.04 am IST on Monday, with the full eclipse starting a little over an hour later.

"Irish people will not see an eclipse this good again until October 2032 so we want everyone to stay up late, or get up early and witness one of the most spectacular sights in nature", Mr Moore said.

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The website also explains why this type of eclipse is rare.

"The chances (of seeing it) around here are looking real slim", said Joey Clevenger, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Spokane. This year's full moon just so happens to coincide with a lunar eclipse and a supermoon.

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 total phase of the eclipse will be visible from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and the western part of Africa, as well as the northernmost portions of Russian Federation.

And from eastern Cuba, the moon will appear directly overhead.

Finally, this is called a Wolf moon is a part of tradition of referring to January's full moon. Some sunlight reaches the Earth's atmosphere, which envelops the moon and gives it the rich colour.

"It not only is a supermoon and it's a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long".

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