Planetarium offers free enhanced viewing of ‘super wolf blood moon’

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Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one.

The information was contained in a statement issued to NAN by Dr Felix Alle, the Head, Media and Public Communications of the agency in Abuja.

On Sunday, January 20, nearly exactly one year after the sighting of a Super Blue Moon lunar eclipse, Canadians will be treated to a full wolf moon creating a total lunar eclipse.

Total lunar eclipses occur only during full moons. Sunday's eclipse will nearly coincide with that perigee, meaning that the moon won't just be redder than usual, it will also look a tiny bit wider.

It will take place early on Monday morning, beginning at around 2.35am and ending at 6.51am, however the best time to glimpse the phenomenon will be at 5.15am - the "maximum eclipse" phase.

"The total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be three hours and 15 minutes".

If the skies are clear, the entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and the French and Spanish coasts. "The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022". At that location, it's also dark enough that people might be able to see the Milky Way, he said.

According to the Weather Network, the full moon will be 357,728 kilometres from Earth around midnight on Sunday, so it won't just be red, but it will also appear larger in the sky. Not only will the moon be full, but it will also appear larger and brighter than normal due to the proximity. "Ancient Greeks and others knew the Earth was round because of its shape on the shadow of the moon".

Hence, the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

The full moon is known as a blood moon when it turns a reddish-brown colour, as it is lit up by light bent into the Earth's shadow by sunsets and sunrises.

The moon orbits around the Earth every 27.3 days in a path that is slightly elliptical, meaning it can be closer or farther from Earth throughout the month.

The "super blood wolf moon" nickname is certainly ominous.

Depending on where you are in the country, the moon might "turn a copper-orange-reddish color", according to a January 7 article Forbes magazine. And making it so accessible is that all you need are your unaided eyes to soak in the eclipse, which will be visible even from backyards and bedroom windows within the brightly lit city.

"If people find any bit of clearness and a hole in the clouds, try to enjoy the eclipse". Many Christians believe scripture indicates a Blood Moon is a sign from God regarding the return of Christ.

"The wolf part of it is related to the mythology around a full moon during January".

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