Lunar eclipse to take centre stage in Calgary on Sunday


Take that away and you've got a super blood moon, which is a total lunar eclipse that happens at "perigee syzygy". Lunar eclipses are dramatic events when viewed from here on Earth.

According to a fun fact from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, for anyone watching the cosmic event from on the moon, they'd be seeing a solar eclipse as well. As a result of these special cases - and because lunar eclipses are also known as "blood moons" - some are calling this eclipse a "super blood wolf moon".

The Old Farmer's Almanac says Native Americans and early colonists called January's full moon the "wolf moon" because it came at a time when wolves were active and hunting outside villages. That means, you can't see the super blood wolf moon from India.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: 'We're going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipses over the next couple of years.

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. This Sunday night, January 20, there will be another celestial phenomenon: a total lunar eclipse. "That's about the difference between the largest possible supermoon and the smallest possible moon".

Unlike the August 21, 2017 full solar eclipse that captivated much of the country, she said, "You don't have to get caught in traffic" to enjoy it.

There won't be another total lunar eclipse visible on earth until May 2021. The Earth's shadow starts moving over the Moon and not easily seen to the naked eye.

If you were standing on the moon as Earth began to block the sun's light, darkness would fall around you.

The pinnacle of the show will occur between 11:41 p.m. EST (8:41 p.m. PST) and 12:43 p.m. EST (9:43 p.m. PST), when Earth's umbra will entirely engulf the moon.

Astronomy and Astrophysics researchers at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), said on Saturday that there was nothing to fear over the expected total lunar eclipse on Monday.

He said: "The amount of sunlight that hits the Moon is much reduced, and what sunlight does hit the Moon has to pass through the Earth's atmosphere".

"At maximum eclipse the only light that reaches the surface is that which passes through our atmosphere".

Lunar enthusiasts emphasize that the eclipse is available to anyone inclined to look to the skies. Look at the shape of the Earth's shadow on the moon - it's circular. To see if the eclipse is visible in your area, go to

Okere who is also the Acting Director, Centre for Basic Space Science (CBSS) Nsukka said some people still attach spiritual meanings to eclipse which was not so.