NASRDA: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday

NASRDA: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday

Star gazers from Los Angeles to NY will keep their eyes on the sky for the eclipse, known as a super blood wolf moon, expected to appear at 11:41 p.m. EST.

The confluence of a full lunar eclipse and its perigee position has prompted the name Super Wolf Blood Moon or the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

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Total lunar eclipses are very rare.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth's shadow (known as the "umbra"); the shadow then blocks the Sun's light from illuminating the moon as it normally does. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by earth's atmosphere. That is because the reduced amount of sunlight which reaches the moon is scattered by the Earth's atmosphere.

The event, Kanipe said, unfolds in stages.

This weekend, the partial eclipse will begin at 10:33 p.m. ET. As the moon circles the Earth, it does so in an uneven way, as its orbit is inclined by 5 degrees from that of the Earth so it seems to be higher or lower in the sky on different nights.

Also, this will be the last total lunar eclipse until May 2021, so miss this and you'll be waiting over two years for the next one. "And every time I go back and think about that, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling".

Are you going to watch the lunar eclipse?

The total eclipse of the moon will last an hour and 2 minutes, according to NASA, with the partial phase stretching out over 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Spectators can expect the moon to begin to darken slowly before turning red as it becomes completely caught in Earth's shade.

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A few rain/sleet/snow showers will be possible along the front, but they will be brief.

'The moon will be red between about 4.40am and about 6.45am, so it's actually more than an hour that you have to observe this blood moon phenomenon where the moon is totally eclipsed, ' Mr Kerss said.

The entire eclipse will be visible from New Mexico, and the moon will be high in the sky.

Weather conditions are expected to be fairly clear on Sunday for pristine.

Totality during a lunar eclipse, direct sunlight is being blocked by the Earth. No program is being offered in the planetarium itself.

"You can enjoy the lunar eclipse with the naked eye", Thanjavur said.

For those interested in more information or want to have the best chance at the flawless view, they can try the Rothney Observatory. Will you be watching on Sunday? A telescope will be available for people to look through. A live video stream will show the eclipse from other locations around the world.

He said that the total lunar eclipse would be the last eclipse to be experienced until 2021.

Regardless, lunar enthusiasts are welcome to share in the experience Sunday at CU. We create the awareness to sensitise people that it is not something to be frightened about.

"It really will be quite impressive", he said.

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