NASRDA: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday

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During a total lunar eclipse, the moon can turn a coppery-reddish colour as Earth's atmosphere scatters the light from the sun, which will lie directly behind it.

By the time the total eclipse starts at 11:41 p.m., the view should be clear with only spotty upper level clouds, says Scott Krentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based out of Greenville-Spartanburg.

A rare "super blood wolf moon" eclipse will be seen in the skies across many parts of the world next week. This is quite a contrast with the total eclipses of the Sun, where viewing can sometimes hurt your eyes, special equipment is a big help, and the best show is only visible in a narrow path.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Doll, clouds are expected "over much of the western US, but there could be enough breaks in the clouds for people to see the eclipse".


So why does the Moon appear red?

According to Astronomy Ireland, the total part of the eclipse runs for 62 minutes from 4:41am to 5:43am on Monday morning, when the Moon will be high in the West as seen from all of Ireland.

"Each month typically has, when it has a full moon in it, some word attached to it", he said. This is because red light has a longer wavelength and can travel a longer distance, rather than blue light, which the Earth's atmosphere filters out. The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon will not be visible in India.

Yes, there will be a full moon on January 20, according to Woody Sullivan, University of Washington astronomer and professor emeritus. During the lunar eclipse, the Moon is blocked from the sunlight since the Earth is in the way. "What happens in this particular supermoon is that the moon will appear 14 percent larger, and it will appear 30 percent brighter". And even if you miss it, my advice to anyone in these kind of situations that are momentary is don't be disappointed. The partial eclipse is when the moon first becomes darker.


If the skies are clear, the entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and the French and Spanish coasts. That light can also change based on dust, pollutants or other particles in Earth's atmosphere. You'll see the same thing, but obviously in reverse in the second half of the eclipse. And yes, he said, the first full moon of the year was reportedly called a "wolf moon" by at least one Native American tribe. "So that's what gives it the red color, and that's why people refer to it as a blood moon now".

Next is the "Super Moon" - a name given to how large the moon looks when it is at its closest point to our planet.

The next full moon, known to some as a Wolf Moon, will be a super moon.


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