Wolf moon set to light up the night sky

Total Lunar Eclipse Expected at the End of AFC Championship Game

The "screen" is the full moon, and the "movie" is the progression of Earth's shadow across the face of the moon.

By 10:33 p.m. ET, you should see Earth's shadow start to move across the surface of the moon, growing larger and larger and larger until it completely covers it up. The Moon is given the name Super Moon when a full moon comes within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth. For the keen sky-watchers the lunar disk will appear a few percent larger and brighter than usual making it a lovely sight to soak in and a great photo opportunity.

So informally speaking, the upcoming lunar eclipse will be a super blood wolf - or great spirit - moon.

"This total lunar eclipse on the morning of Monday January 21st will be entirely seen in Irish skies from start to finish so we are recommending everyone take a day off work or school and watch this wonderful spectacle of nature when the brilliant full moon turns to a dim "blood moon" for 62 minutes". You'll notice the moon getting significantly darker. Many Christians believe scripture indicates a Blood Moon is a sign from God regarding the return of Christ.

A cold front is expected to pass through the region Sunday, which will drop an arctic chill into the area, quickly plunging overnight temperatures into the 40s during the eclipse.

This is not the first time a total lunar eclipse has coincided with a major Boston sporting event.




The "wolf" part is said to originate from a Native American tradition of referring to January's full moon as the Full Wolf Moon.

According to NASA, the eclipse will be "visible for its entirety in North and South America". In all, assuming good weather conditions, this shady little drama will have a potential viewing audience of some 2.8 billion people. The last time New Yorkers could gaze so high at a totally eclipsed moon was in 1797, when John Adams was president; the next opportunity won't come until 2113.

The total eclipse, which will begin minutes before midnight on the East Coast (0500 GMT) and just before 9 p.m.in the West, will unfold on the day before Martin Luther King Jr.

For thousands of years the beauty and mystery surrounding this disappearing moon act has fascinated cultures around the world, and even today it still amazes.

It begins with the partial phase around 10:34 p.m. EST Jan. 20. Some sunlight reaches the Earth's atmosphere, which envelops the moon and gives it the rich colour. While not all that rare of an event, the moon will be 356,000 km distant, making it less than 50,000 km closer than most of the time.

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