Canadians treated to total lunar eclipse and supermoon Sunday night

Super Blood Wolf Moon 2019 UK

Comprehensively dubbed the Super Blood Wolf Moon, Sunday's eclipse is a rare trifecta of awesome astronomical phenomenon and not, as some might think, the title to an '80s power metal album or the final boss of your Dungeons & Dragons quest. There's no violence involved, instead, the term comes from a reddening of moon, as light leaks around the edge of Earth.

Depending on where you are in the country, the moon might "turn a copper-orange-reddish color", according to a January 7 article Forbes magazine.

A map showing the regions that can view the January 21, 2019, total lunar eclipse.

"This naming of every moon caught on in the last 10 years and it's driving me insane", he said, "but a total lunar eclipse is actually very interesting to see".

As long as the skies cooperate and stay at least partially clear on the night of the 20, expect to first catch sight of the full silvery moon as it rises above the eastern horizon just after sunset.

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Last year's Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse. Sunday's observatory event is all-ages and doors open at 8:30 p.m. Ticket price is by donation only.

Starting at around 7:34 p.m. PT or 10:34 p.m. ET Sunday, a partial eclipse will begin, with the full eclipse starting a little over an hour later. With all the traces of direct sunlight gone, the moon will glow a shade of fiery orange for over an hour. During our days, sunlight coming in from up high is scattered.

It could become a so-called "blood moon" and take on a reddish cast, he said. That light can also change based on dust, pollutants or other particles in Earth's atmosphere. Earth's orbit around the moon is not perfectly round, so as it circles Earth it is sometimes closer and sometimes farther away, by a distance of about 26,000 miles. Sunday's eclipse will nearly coincide with that perigee, meaning that the moon won't just be redder than usual, it will also look a tiny bit wider. In addition, the moon will be slightly closer to Earth than usual, making it appear larger.

Fans who would like to see natural splendor after a day of football can easily view the lunar eclipse without any special equipment, unlike a solar eclipse.

Midwesterners and southerners should get a good look at the big, red moon. But the weather forecast for much of the USA doesn't look good. Or you can just wait for the Instagram posts.

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