Finland to see 'super blood wolf moon' Monday

The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view a lunar eclipse

The red color is deeper because of the moon's position, and it will appear larger than usual.

On Sunday night, a rare total lunar eclipse will be visible to sky gazers all over the world, but particularly in the Americas.

The eclipse will be visible to North and South America.

If all is clear, the supermoon total eclipse will be on full display.

That's because the Moon does not produce light of its own, but only reflects the Sun's light.

But because Earth's atmosphere extends about 50 miles up, during a total eclipse, although the Moon is in shadow, there is a ring around our planet through which the Sun's rays still pass. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow. During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere.

"The dust stops blue light from getting through, but allows the red light to get through, hence a "blood moon".

So where does the "wolf" part come in? Each month has a different name.

In North America, there are traditional names given to each of the 12 full moons that happen throughout the year.

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According to, the eclipse will be visible to Staten Islanders for about five hours, beginning at 9:38 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20.

"There's a whole night sky up there to be discovered and explored and enjoyed it's sort of a cosmic laboratory", said Sorin.

The best time is around 5.12am to catch the maximum eclipse, when the moon will be completely submerged within the Earth's shadow.

The full eclipse begins at 0440 GMT in the United Kingdom and will appear red at 0512 GMT, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. "A total eclipse lasts for an hour and two minutes". "With this eclipse, our plan is to have telescopes around the museum because you can see it from anywhere as long as the weather is fine".

'It's the last chance for a little while to see a total lunar eclipse, ' said Bruce Betts, chief scientist at The Planetary Society.

It's the only total lunar eclipse of the year.

'This small amount of red light still illuminates the Moon enough for us to see it.

"Go out tonight, start at 2:30 in the morning but by about 3 o'clock you'll start to see the moon getting nibbled by the shadow".

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