"Blood moon" visible in Saint Lucia this weekend

The supermoon it also called a wolf moon, and the eclipse should cause a blood moon.

But because Earth's atmosphere extends about 50 miles up, during a total eclipse, although the Moon is in shadow, there is a ring around our planet through which the Sun's rays still pass. A supermoon occurs when the moon is full and closest to Earth in orbit.

On a more modern note, National Geographic explains that this lunar eclipse corresponds with the wolf moon which is the traditional name for January's full moon.

January's full moon is known as the Wolf Moon and gets its name from Native American Tribes who said wolves would howl outside villages.

This kind of eclipse occurs when the Earth passes precisely between the Sun and the Moon.

Sunday night's total lunar eclipse will be visible across all of North America and South America - depending on absence of cloud cover - and partially visible in Europe and Africa on Sunday night into the early hours of Monday morning.

Astronomy buffs across the United States have been promised all the makings of a spectacular total lunar eclipse on Sunday except one - clear skies.

This is expected to be the last Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse for the next 18 years, which Arkos said means it's important to step outside and bask in the wonder of the colourful moon. The entire celestial event will wrap up at 1:51AM ET, though there won't be much to see by that point.

A complete lunar eclipse will occur on January 20 and 21, 2019, depending where on the globe you are viewing from.

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The Channel 3 Storm Alert team with keep you up-to-date on air and in our weather app for Sunday night's weather conditions for best viewing. The moon will appear red during the "totality" phase as a result of scattered sunlight rebounding from the Earth's atmosphere.

The partial lunar eclipse will start at 10:33PM EST when the moon will slowly be covered by Earth's shadow.

7:43 p.m.-Total eclipse ends. The duration of totality will be 62 minutes.

To enjoy it at its best, ideally watch from an open area, away from street lighting. Pro tip: Go out at around 11 p.m.to see the partial eclipse in full swing.

The eclipse begins at 02:35 GMT on Monday and ends at 07:49 GMT, but the period when the whole Moon appears red occurs at 05:12 GMT.

2 - According to the NASA website, the lunar eclipse taught people that the earth is round when they saw Earth's shadow on the moon.

No danger in watching the lunar eclipse - there's no call for special glasses like you'd need for a solar eclipse.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

She says while the astrological impact of an eclipse is stronger when you can see it, it still affects us regardless.

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