Good chance to see the super blood wolf moon late Sunday night

The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' will be visible over Orlando this weekend

The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' will be visible over Orlando this weekend

A TLE occurs when the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth from space and in each case it appears differently depending on the amount of dust and dirt in our atmosphere.

By 10:33 p.m. ET, you should see Earth's shadow start to move across the surface of the moon, growing larger and larger and larger until it completely covers it up.

Adding to the excitement is that this eclipse is occurring as the full moon reaches perigee - its closest it can to Earth - which is commonly referred to as a supermoon. The moon appears orange or red, the result of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

This super blood moon is going to be fun because we will be able to see the moon and the stars in the same sky - usually the moon is too bright to see the stars at the same time, according to the Cherokee of the early 1800s.

This Monday, January 21, marks the last lunar eclipse of the decade and the only Super Wolf Blood Moon of the period. As it takes over, the moon will go dark, though the edges will be fuzzy. Sunday night, skygazers in the Tampa Bay area will be front-row center for the first total eclipse of the moon in almost three years.

Finally, the "wolf moon" is just another name for the first full moon of the year.

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Capturing the eclipse on camera might prove a bit more hard for photographers, so astronomy expert Alan Dyer has a guide on How to Photograph the 2019 Lunar Eclipse. Sadly most of New Zealand will miss out - with the eclipse being only visible in the top half of the North Island at moon set, Nasa predicts.

You can find more information on Sunday night's viewing here. It will be the first full moon of the year (a "wolf moon"). But the weather forecast for much of the USA doesn't look good. The last time New Yorkers could gaze so high at a totally eclipsed moon was in 1797, when John Adams was president; the next opportunity won't come until 2113. You will be able to see the eclipse with the naked eye, but if you have binoculars, take them out of the drawer for a better view.

WALTER FREEMAN, PHYSICIST, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY: "Minutes after 10:30 p.m".

"During totality, which will last 62 minutes, the moon will appear to glow like an eerie ball - which to the eye, and especially in binoculars and small telescopes - will appear nearly three dimensional", Joe Rao, an instructor at New York's Hayden Planetarium, wrote in a Space.com column.

So, to recap: The moon will be closer to Earth than usual (a "super moon").

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