How to see the 'super blood wolf moon' on Sunday night

Travis Fortnum
01/18/2019

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If you look outside on Sunday evening, you'll hopefully be able to catch a glimpse of a very rare event in the night sky.
 
A supermoon lunar eclipse. Or, as you may have seen it referred to, a “super blood wolf moon”.
 
It might sound made up or confusing, but let's break it down.
 
It starts with a full moon.
 
A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest to the earth in its orbit.
 
This results in the moon appearing up to 14 per cent larger in diametre.
 
Mix in a total lunar eclipse, and the moon turns red. This is a blood moon.
 
A wolf moon is a full moon that occurs in January.
 
Whatever you call it - this is a really special event, because it doesn't happen very often.
 
If you want to witness it here in the peace, plan to have your eyes on the skies at about 7:30 Sunday night.
 
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That's when the earth's shadow will start touching the moon's face.
 
About an hour later, the partial eclipse will begin and the moon will start getting red.
 
9:40 p.m is when the total eclipse will begin, and the moon will be completely red.
 
Maximum eclipse will be at about 12 after 10, and the total eclipse will end about half an hour later.
 
By 1:00 am, the moon will be back to normal.
 
As of right now, Environment Canada says we'll have a cloudy night - but if you're interested, it's worth giving it a shot.
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