NASRDA: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday

A Blood Moon in the sky over Berlin Germany in 2018. January's eclipse combines a blood moon with a full super moon

CARSTEN KOALL GETTY IMAGESA Blood Moon in the sky over Berlin Germany in 2018. January's eclipse combines a blood moon with a full super moon

During that hour the moon could disappear completely from view or, more likely, some of the light from the sun will filter through the Earth's atmosphere and you may see an orangey red globe hanging in the sky.

The total lunar eclipse begins at about 8:30 the St. Louis area.

Experts say the optimal viewing time will be between 4.41am and 5.43am and that this is the period of totality, where the moon lies entirely in the earth's umbra (full shadow) and will appear red, when it is called a blood moon.

Last year's Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse. There's another storm expected Sunday raising the possibility that the eclipse could be eclipsed by clouds.

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At 7:36 p.m. MST/Arizona time, the eclipse will be in its penumbral state, meaning a partial shadow of the Earth will be cast over the moon.

The last time this combination of lunar phenomena occurred was back in 2015.

Observatory volunteers will be on-hand to assist visitors in witnessing the eclipse through high-powered telescopes. Usually, the slightly tilted path means the full moon still gets some light from the sun. This is peak eclipse or the greatest eclipse period, which is when Moon comes closest to the axis of Earth's shadow. The partial eclipse is when the moon first becomes darker.

The January Full Moon will turn blood-red on the morning of Monday, January 21, here in the UK. Lastly, but most impressively, it's also a total lunar eclipse. That should be around 9:12 p.m. A "wolf moon" is simply the folk name for a moon that happens in the month of January. The best way by far to observe a supermoon is to watch it rise behind buildings or mountains so you can more easily appreciate the size difference.

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The total lunar eclipse will last about five hours and in five phases. "In Native American and early Colonial times, the full moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon".

Because the moon will be at its closest point to Earth, the moon will look even bigger and much brighter, causing it to be also known as a supermoon. The "screen" is the full moon, and the "movie" is the progression of Earth's shadow across the face of the moon. The super blood wolf moon won't get you, and Florida's weather outlook seems like you won't get rained out. According to, the moon's orbit will take it between 221,681 miles and 252,622 miles this year. It will be easiest to see during the two weeks after 2019's Super Snow Moon. The more particulate or pollution in the atmosphere, the redder the moon appears.

All three things will be happening at once: a super moon, lunar eclipse, and a full moon. "So that's what gives it the red color, and that's why people refer to it as a blood moon now".

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