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Lunar De-Light! How to View 2019's Sole Total Eclipse of the Moon

A Super Wolf Blood Moon will light up the sky this weekend

The total lunar eclipse will last for more than five hours, in which the moon will go red; such a lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in alignment. To be even more precise, the Royal Astronomical Society said viewers in northwestern France, northwestern Spain, Portugal, the eastern Pacific and northeastern tip of Russian Federation would see the total eclipse.

But what does the name mean? A supermoon - it was 2019's first - is when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit during its full phase, making it appear bigger and brighter. This happens on a regular basis.

And a blood moon is what happens with a lunar eclipse, the moon takes on a reddish/orangish tint. A Wolf Moon is the Native American name for the first full moon of the year.

The next total lunar eclipse won't come around until 2021, according to the Associated Press. In January, the full moon is also sometimes known as the wolf moon or great spirit moon. A blood moon occurs with a total lunar eclipse when the sun, Earth and moon all line up and the shadow of the Earth casts a reddish glow on its lone natural satellite.

North and South America, Europe and western Africa could see a total lunar eclipse, but eastern Africa and Asia could only observe a partial eclipse.

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Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There's a lot cloud around, but there are some breaks to enjoy the lunar eclipse as well".

The lunar eclipse began on January 20 at 9:36 p.m., but the best time to view it was starting around 10:34 p.m., when the first phase of the eclipse took place and the moon began to get dark.

And while the events alone aren't totally uncommon, when they are combined they make for a spectacular display.

Unlike a solar eclipse, eye protection is not required for viewing.

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