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Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Staff Writer | January 18, 2019
The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next.
World   The moon will be ever so closer to Earth
At the same time, the moon will be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and brighter than usual—a supermoon.

The whole eclipse starts Sunday night or early Monday, depending on location , and will take about three hours.

It begins with the partial phase around 10:34 p.m. EST Sunday. That's when Earth's shadow will begin to nip at the moon. Totality—when Earth's shadow completely blankets the moon—will last 62 minutes, beginning at 11:41 p.m. EST Sunday.

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. The rest of Europe, as well as Africa, will have partial viewing before the moon sets.

During totality, the moon will look red because of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere. That's why an eclipsed moon is sometimes known as a blood moon. In January, the full moon is also sometimes known as the wolf moon or great spirit moon.