The blood moon will be visible in North and South America, Europe and Africa. NASA has said the total duration of the eclipse will be three hours and 55 minutes with totality lasting one hour and two minutes. As it’s the first full moon of 2019, it is known as the super blood wolf moon.
A supermoon means it will look bigger and brighter than usual during the total lunar eclipse.
At the maximum eclipse, the moon will appear 6.7 percent larger than average.
The January eclipse will be entirely visible over North and South America including USA and Canada, western Europe and north-west Africa.
Observers in Europe and Africa will be able to view part of the January’s eclipse before sunrise and moonset on Monday, January 21.
The moon will pass through the northern half of the Earth’s shadow, to present a total eclipse for a period of 62 minutes.
What time is the total lunar eclipse in Maryland?
Penumbral Eclipse begins: 9.36pm EST (Sunday, January 20)
Partial Eclipse begins: 10.33pm EST (Sunday, January 20)
Total Eclipse begins: 11.41pm EST (Sunday, January 20)
Maximum Eclipse: 12.12am EST (Monday, January, 21)
Total Eclipse ends: 12.43am (Monday, January, 21)
Partial Eclipse ends: 1.50am (Monday, January 21)
Penumbral Eclipse ends: 2.48am (Monday, January 21)
Although the moon is completely immersed in the Earth’s dark shadow, the Earth’s atmosphere refracts or bends sunlight and the longer wavelengths of light (red and orange) pass onward to fall on the moon’s face.
The dispersed light illuminates the totally eclipsed moon and makes it appear red, hence the moniker, ‘blood moon’.
A lunar eclipse is only possible when there is a full moon, as it’s the only time the moon can be directly opposite the sun in Earth’s sky.
There will be a total of four lunar eclipses in the year 2020, but all the lunar eclipses will be hard to see penumbral eclipses.
The next total lunar eclipse will not be until May 26, 2021.
The total lunar eclipse will be visible from the Maryland Science Center, where rooftop telescopes will give stargazers a chance to see the blood moon through the massive Clark Telescope in the Observatory.
A total lunar eclipse usually happen within a few hours.
Totality can range anywhere from a few seconds to about 100 minutes.
The July 26, 1953 total lunar eclipse had one of the longest periods of totality in the 20th century – 100 minutes and 43 seconds.