Stargazers across Northern Ireland will be in for a treat next week, as a rare form of lunar eclipse will be visible in our skies - a "Wolf Blood Super Moon".
This celestial celebration occurs when Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon, with the only light reaching it is refracted by Earth's atmosphere to produce a reddish colour. A "wolf moon" is simply the folk name for a moon that happens in the month of January. 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.
All week the Central Florida Astronomical Society has been celebrating Moon Week, and Sunday's culmination is this viewing party in honor of the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON!
"If you are lucky enough to be able to see the whole event, you can get a mental picture of the size of the Earth's shadow at the distance of the moon by watching the moon move against background stars".
It is the last chance for United Kingdom observers to see a total lunar eclipse in its entirety until 2029.
With the "blood moon" part of the eclipse, Brian Murphy, director of Indiana's Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium and Butler University professor said although the moon is in Earth's shadow, some sunlight still reaches the moon.
Joel 2:31, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awful day of the Lord come".
This moon will be of the "super" variety because it will be closer to earth, making it appear bigger than usual.
It begins with the partial phase around 10:34 p.m. EST Sunday. Day - off, so have no worries about staying up late howling at the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON.
As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year. For the next hour, the moon will dim slightly.
As NASA explains, Earth casts a red shadow because of how our atmosphere scatters light.
"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. But the weather forecast for much of the USA doesn't look good.