Rare Super Blood Moon Set To Rise Across North And South America

A blood red Super moon is seen rising in the sky

On Sunday, (January 20th) night everybody in North and South America will be able to witness the first and only lunar eclipse of 2019. The rare event, known as a super blood moon, will be even more spectacular because the moon is at a point in its orbit where it is closest to earth. As a result, the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal, earning it the title super moon. 

When the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, it will block most of the sun's light, causing the moon to appear reddish in color, giving it the nickname blood moon. 

The totality of lunar eclipse will last just over one hour and begin at 11:41 p.m. ET. It will reach its peak 35 minutes later at 12:16 a.m. ET. The moon will be free from the Earth's shadow by 2:48 a.m.

According to Space.com, people living in the Midatlantic and Southeast should have great conditions to view the rare event, while those who live west of the Rocky Mountains will have poor viewing conditions. 

The next total lunar eclipse will be in May 2021, while people in the United States will not be able to see another one until 2022.

 Photo: Getty Images

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