ALERT: Nigeria ‘to experience’ lunar eclipse on Monday

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The "super blood wolf moon" nickname is certainly ominous.

THE first full moon of the year is often known as the Wolf Moon and, this year, it is not only a supermoon (at its closest to Earth), but there will also be a total lunar eclipse visible from North and South America, Europe and western Africa.

The super blood wolf moon eclipse is actually just the concurrence of three separate phenomena - a lunar eclipse, a super moon and a wolf moon.

The star-studded celebration takes place on the terrace of Seminole State College's McGee student center, adjacent to the Emil Buehler Planetarium.

This map shows locations worldwide from which the january 20 total lunar eclipse is visible, weather permitting.

The only total lunar eclipse of 2019, it gets underway Sunday just after 9:30 p.m., according to NASA.

As NPR's Rebecca Hersher has reported, the moon will get its shadowy revenge in a few years: "There will be solar eclipses visible from parts of the contiguous USA on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024".

The name "wolf moon" comes from the Old Farmer's Almanac to refer to a "full moon". And, similarly, everyone on the night side of Earth who has the full moon in the sky during the eclipse will see the same sequence of events happening at the same moment in time. Although it being a supermoon makes it appear slightly larger in the sky, it does mean that totality lasts for less time.

In the Eastern US, the Moon will be even higher, from south Florida it will be nearly directly overhead at mid-totality and from NY at mid-eclipse the Moon will be 70-degrees high.

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Last year's Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse.

The moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth on Sunday night, called a lunar eclipse, which will give the moon a red tint. That light turns the moon a delicate orange, copper and/or pink color.

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

Godfrey and Slooh astronomer Paul Cox, plus Slooh storyteller Helen Avery, will discuss the science and cultural impact of lunar eclipses during the webcast.

The total lunar eclipse will last about five hours and in five phases. Not much darkening will be visible yet, according to NASA.

"A little bit of sunlight is refracted by the Earth's atmosphere... bending around the edges of the Earth" before reaching the moon, causing the reddish tint. From Hawaii to ME, all 50 states will have a chance to see it - the most widely visible lunar eclipse in the United States since October 2014.

"It will reach its max - so when it's most red and in the exact middle of the eclipse - will be 12:12 a.m. on Monday, the 21st". All you have to do is look out the window or step outside the house. As a result, the Moon is called the "Blood Moon".

The January Full Moon will turn blood-red on the morning of Monday, January 21, here in the UK.