Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday - NASRDA

Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday - NASRDA

Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday - NASRDA

According to scientists, this will be our last chance to see a total eclipse of the moon until 2029.

The rare combination of lunar events will create a "super blood wolf moon" on Monday morning, but what is it and how can you watch it?

Totality, when the Moon will appear a boring red, begins at 10:41 p.m. and lasts about an hour, until 11:41 p.m. The moon will get darker and redder as it moves into the heart of the shadow, with the total eclipse peaking at 12:12 p.m. ET - the maximum eclipse. But despite this macabre moniker, this reddish color is actually quite romantic in origin: It's the culmination of light from all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets bending through the Earth's atmosphere and hitting the moon, Hartigan said. "Ancient Greeks and others knew the Earth was round because of its shape on the shadow of the moon". It is a super moon because the full moon coincides with the satellite's pedigree, its closest approach to Earth.

At the same time, the moon will be a full moon, and in January this is sometimes known as a "wolf moon". According to the Farmer's Almanac, the January full moon is the "wolf" moon. During a total eclipse, Earth blocks most light from reaching the moon, but a little bit passes through our atmosphere before falling on the moon.

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According to, in perigee the moon appears almost eight percent wider than the average full moon. "[And] if you were standing on the moon, the earth would look 4x bigger than normal, so it easily covers that sun up".

We get two to five supermoons every year, while the gap between blood moons is anywhere from six months to about three years. And if you want to shoot it with your DSLR, read our sister site PCMag's guide to How to Photograph a Total Lunar Eclipse.

Due to all lunar events happening at once and perhaps the reason this moon is called January wolf super moon, or some variations of that. When the moon is fully covered by the earth's shadow, it is called totality.

The Minnesota Astronomical Society is hosting a free eclipse- and star-watching party starting at 7 p.m. Sunday at its Eagle Lake Observatory, 10775 County Road 33 in Norwood-Young America west of the Twin Cities.

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