Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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Stargazers in Oklahoma City ready for total lunar eclipse viewings in January

Stargazers in Oklahoma City ready for total lunar eclipse viewings in January

Some will remember the lunar Eclipse of 2018, in the case of a "Super-Blue-blood moon". During an eclipse, the Moon is in Earth's shadow, so there's even less light coming from it.

A partial solar eclipse will help kick off the New Year today (Sunday) as the moon passes between Earth and the sun.

A January 7 article Forbes magazine noted that, depending on where you are, the moon might also look copper colored or "orange-reddish".

During totality, the moon's surface will turn a copper-orange colour due to the sunlight refracting through our atmosphere. Our first eclipse - a total lunar eclipse - of the new year is coming amid flawless conditions and will be visible throughout the Americas, Greenland, Iceland, Western Europe, and Western Africa. A partial solar Eclipse can last contrast, a good two and a half hours.

January's Total Lunar Eclipse is also known as a "Super Blood Wolf Moon" eclipse.

In contrast to a solar eclipse where the moon blocks the sun and special filters are a must for safety reasons, a lunar eclipse is simply the full moon sliding into our planet's shadow.

During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon, the Sun and Earth don't align in a perfectly straight line, and the Moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth. For this, you can Eclipse in Germany on the total lunar on June 21.

"Earth's umbral shadow will fall on to the moon, and you will see quite a bit of red on one side of the moon", says Tom Kerrs, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London and author of Moongazing: Beginners Guide to the Moon.

The eclipse will be partial, as the alignment between the Sun and the Moon won't be exact.

"If you were on the moon, you would see an orange ring around the Earth", he notes.

November 11: Transit of Mercury: The planet Mercury will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun during our daylight.

In the United Kingdom you will have the best chance to get a glance of the astrological event at 5.15am on January 21.

So enjoy 2019's pantheon of eclipses, but know that the only one eclipse-chaser would go to the ends of the Earth to see is a total solar eclipse from the path of totality - surely nature's greatest spectacle.

Total lunar eclipse begins: 10:41 p.m. (January 20). Who is in the Umbra, can be observed from earth, a total Eclipse of the heart.

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