Where and when to watch Sunday's total lunar eclipse in AZ

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A rare total lunar eclipse - dubbed dramatically as a "super blood wolf moon" - may be glimpsed in the skies tonight.

According to Environment Canada, Sunday's overnight weather will be a cold -21°C, but skies will be clear during the eclipse.

Star gazers from Los Angeles to NY had planned to gather at parks and observatories to keep their eyes on the sky for the total eclipse, known as a super blood wolf moon, expected to appear at 11:41 p.m. EST (0441 GMT). The moon will start to leave the earth's shadow at 11:43 p.m. Sunday and will return to its normal, bright complexion by 12:50 a.m. Monday, Nichols said.

Unlike the other wavelengths the Sun's red light is scattered much less by air allowing it to travel through the atmosphere where other colours are lost.

The eclipse would end when the Moon's wives came to protect him, collecting his blood and restoring his health. As a result, the moon can be as "close" as 225,310 miles from Earth during perigee - this is known as a "supermoon".

Perhaps the most noteworthy heading is "Super Moon", a full or new moon that's within 90 percent of its closest approach to the Earth.

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The term "wolf" derives from the Native American nickname for January's full moon and the wolves who "howled in hunger outside the villages", according to the Farmer's Almanac. The red color is deeper because of the moon's position, and it will appear larger than usual.

You need to know that an eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through Earth's shadow, and the Sun, Moon and Earth lineup in space. When the moon is fully covered by the earth's shadow, it is called totality. The reddish light that reflects back toward us gives the moon a blood-red tone. After that, the moon will gradually move out of the Earth's shadow, with the eclipse ending just before 1 a.m. Monday.

It's the only total lunar eclipse of the year. The "wolf" part refers to a full moon in January.

In August 2017, we experienced a total solar eclipse, here in the Tennessee Valley.

It's the only total lunar eclipse of 2019.

If you'd prefer watching it from indoors, you're out of luck - NASA will not be airing the event due to the government shutdown.