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Lunar eclipse to darken Canadian skies this weekend

Lunar eclipse to darken Canadian skies this weekend

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 18 Jan 2019, 11:18 pm

Toronto, Jan 18 (IBNS):There would be a total lunar eclipse in Canada on Jan 20 or 21 depending on where you are in the country, media reports said.

The moon would turn a coppery-red - popularly known as 'super blood wolf moon' - as the Earth's atmosphere scatters the light from the sun.

Orange and red light with longer wavelengths refract, or bend, around the Earth and eventually reach the moon. 

The moon would be at the closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit and this occurrence during a full moon is referred to by the  non-astronomers as a "super moon". 

With clear skies, the entire nine-and-a-half-hour event can be seen from coast-to-coast, which will actually last just over four hours.

In case of cloudy nights, the total lunar eclipse can be watched online.

The Virtual Telescope Project - remotely controlled robotic online telescope - will begin to air this phenomenon at 10:30pm ET. will begin their coverage at 10pm ET.

During its penumbral phase, where it glides through Earth's outer, a much fainter shadow is visible.

Once the moon enters the umbra or darker shadow, one can see partial eclipse of the moon.

It is when the moon, about 90 minutes later, reaches totality, it still  unknown if the moon will turn a coppery red or remain dark.

As the moon begins its exit  through the umbra and eventually the penumbra, the process goes in reverse and full eclipse of the moon can be seen.

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be viewed directly without any harm to human eyes.

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)


Lunar eclipse to darken Canadian skies this weekend

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