Get ready for Sunday night's 'supermoon' total lunar eclipse

Get ready for Sunday night's 'supermoon' total lunar eclipse

They happen only when a full moon, and only when the sun, Earth, and moon are precisely aligned so that the darkest part of our planet's shadow completely blankets the lunar disk.

A lunar eclipse will take place in the hours of darkness, and is combined with the moon being closer to the earth than usual, making it a super moon.

This eclipse will be the only total lunar eclipse in 2019 and will be visible from the entire western hemisphere, Europe and the western parts of Africa, as well as from northern Russian Federation, announced NASA, meaning it could, with favourable weather conditions, be potentially observed by some 2.8 billion people around the world.

And since it appears in January, when wolves howled in hunger outside villages, it has earned the name wolf moon, according to The Farmers Almanac.

A total lunar eclipse and super blood wolf moon are going to play out simultaneously, promising a picturesque cosmic scene for skygazers. People unable to see the event due to cloud cover, an unwillingness to go out into cold weather, or simply being in the wrong location will still have the opportunity to watch the eclipse live.

As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year.

But if you end up missing it, there are four more eclipses set to happen around the globe in 2019, including a big solar eclipse in in South America this July, according to CNET.

The moon is then "Super" because it is at its closest point to Earth.

All three combined and you have the Super Blood Wolf Moon that only comes around about every 20 years.

The eclipse will begin around 6:30 p.m.

That's why a lunar eclipse is often called a 'blood Moon'.

Sorin says if you are lucky enough to see it, you won't forget it. Without an atmosphere the Moon would appear black or even totally invisible when it was within Earth's shadow. Of course, if it passes behind the Earth's shadow, it is no longer illuminated by the sun. That's when things get juicy, because it will look like half of the Moon has disappeared. But the whole event will last much longer. Better yet, you do not need any extra special equipment to see it - just your eyes.

The next total lunar eclipse visible anywhere in the world will not happen until May 2021.

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