The lunar spectacle will garnish the moon with a reddish colour as Earth, the Sun and Moon line up, meaning the moon will not get any direct sunlight. In the UK the total lunar eclipse will take place in the early hours of Monday morning. Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: “We’re going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipse over the next couple of years.
“So this is a really good one to catch as it’s going to be a long time before you catch another one like this – we will have other lunar eclipses, we just won’t have anything quite as spectacular until May 2021.”
As it’s the first full moon in January, this is known as a Wolf Moon and it will also be a full moon – a supermoon – so the spectacle is being referred to as the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon.’
The last lunar eclipse was in July 2018, and the next one will not be until May 2021.
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What time is the Blood Moon tonight?
The entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, and parts of western Europe and north Africa.
But Asia, Australia, New Zealand eastern Europe, eastern Africa will not be able to get a glimpse of the spectacle.
The eclipse will be visible either late on Sunday or early on Monday, depending on where you live.
In the UK it is set to begin at 2.36am on Monday, January 21, but the best time to see the eclipse is around 5.12am, when the moon will be completely submerged within the Earth’s shadow.
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In London totality will be between 4.41am and 5.43am on Monday morning.
Mr Kerss said: “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.”
The Royal Museums Greenwich will host a Facebook Live event from 4am, where viewers can watch as events unfold.
In North America, the eclipse will be best viewed on Sunday evening for parts of the country.
Totality will begin at 6.41pm HST, 7.41pm AST, 8.41pm PST, 9.41pm MST, 10.41pm CST and 11.41pm EST on Sunday, January 20.
This is where the whole of the moon will appear red and is a great time to start looking at the eclipse, if you haven’t already.
The maximum eclipse when the Moon will look completely red is at 7.12pm HST, 8.12pm AST, 9.12pm PST, 10.12pm MST, 11.12pm CST on Sunday, January 20 and at 12.12am EST on Monday, January 21.
Totality will last for 52 minutes and the eclipse will ends at 7.43pm HST, 8.43pm AST, 9.43pm PST, 10.43pm MST, 11.43pm CST and 12.43am EST.
In western Europe, totality will begin after midnight and last for 52 minutes.
Paris will enjoy totality between 5.41am and 6.43am on Monday morning and Madrid will see the moon turn red between 5.41am and 6.43am.