Total lunar eclipse woos sky watchers

Christopher Davidson
January 22, 2019

The moon appeared bigger than normal, with a red cast as sunlight was refracted through the Earth's atmosphere.

The total part of the eclipse runs for just over an hour, from 4:41am to 5:43am tomorrow (Monday) morning.

CNN's George Engels shared images of the lunar eclipse taken by his father William on an iPhone between 2.25 and 2.40 am from La Carolina, 12 miles west of Maldonado, Uruguay. The first pair of these eclipses (on January 10, 2020, and June 5, 2020) will be visible in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The Reuters news agency reported, "The best viewing of the one-hour total eclipse was from North and South America, with as many as 2.8 billion people able to see it from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa and northernmost Russian Federation".

The long wait for another total blood moon eclipse will finally end on May 26, 2021, when Asia, Australia and the Pacific will get a attractive view, according to another NASA web page. What a sight to see; it was very lovely!

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A total lunar eclipse will take place on Monday morning and skies are predicted to be clear meaning it shouldn't be too hard to catch a glimpse of the cosmic phenomenon. Australia and Asia will also see the partial eclipse.

During a lunar eclipse, the Moon appears red because the light of the Sun no longer directly illuminates it, since Earth is passing in between the Moon and Sun.

Because, of course, lunar eclipses aren't the only celestial shows in the next few years.

These occur between two and three times every three years but the weather conditions on the day of occurrence usually have an effect on whether or not the eclipse can be viewed clearly. NASA scientists predict that will happen on May 26, 2021.

A pair of solar eclipses will occur in 2020, too. Then, on December 14, 2020, a total solar eclipse will happen in the south Pacific, Chile, Argentina and the south Atlantic.

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