Star­watch

The Guardian - - WEATHER -

A to­tal lu­nar eclipse greets sky­watch­ers at the end of this week. Don’t miss it, as the next one will not be un­til 26 May 2021. The Moon will be­gin to en­ter Earth’s shadow at 03:34 GMT on 21 Jan­uary and reach mide­clipse at 05:12 GMT. Sky­watch­ers in the Amer­i­cas will see things at ear­lier lo­cal times. The Moon will spend a to­tal of 62 min­utes in the deep­est part of the Earth’s shadow, known as the um­bra. Dur­ing this time, the Moon will ap­pear to turn red due to Earth’s at­mo­spheric ef­fects bend­ing the sun­light. In to­tal, the full eclipse will last more than three hours and twenty min­utes. The eclipse takes place dur­ing the first su­per­moon of 2019. A su­per­moon is a new or full moon that takes place when the Moon is near the clos­est point in its or­bit with Earth. There are three su­per­moons this year, oc­cur­ring at full moon on 21 Jan­uary, 19 Fe­bru­ary and 21 March. Fe­bru­ary’s is clos­est at 356,846km but only Jan­uary’s boasts an eclipse.

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