Wolf Blood Super Moon will be visible from Northern Ireland

Wolf Blood Super Moon will be visible from Northern Ireland

Comprehensively dubbed the Super Blood Wolf Moon, Sunday's eclipse is a rare trifecta of awesome astronomical phenomenon and not, as some might think, the title to an '80s power metal album or the final boss of your Dungeons & Dragons quest.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest possible distance to the Earth.

According to the Weather Network, the full moon will be 357,728 kilometres from Earth around midnight on Sunday, so it won't just be red, but it will also appear larger in the sky. Full moons were traditionally given names by Native American tribes to keep track of seasons.

The Moon will turn red next week as Britain experiences its last total lunar eclipse for 10 years.

Hence, the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

There is, however, a legitimately interesting celestial event coming: a total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the sun, moon and Earth line up, with the Earth passing between the sun and the moon.

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A map showing the regions that can view the January 21, 2019, total lunar eclipse. This is known as the blood moon. Sunday's observatory event is all-ages and doors open at 8:30 p.m. Ticket price is by donation only.

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.

We get two to five supermoons every year, while the gap between blood moons is anywhere from six months to about three years. That can only happen when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. There's no violence involved, instead, the term comes from a reddening of moon, as light leaks around the edge of Earth. For the next hour, the moon will dim slightly.

As the eclipse starts, viewers will see Earth's creep across the moon.

During totality, the moon will look red because of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

This is when the "blood" part occurs, when the moon becomes a reddish-orange ball. The next extreme supermoon, when the moon is as close to the Earth as it can be, will be January 21, 2023. Many Christians believe scripture indicates a Blood Moon is a sign from God regarding the return of Christ. But National Weather Service cloud-cover forecasts show that the Northeast and much of the West might have their views obscured.

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