The Moon will have a reddish hue during the night from Sunday to Monday, during a total eclipse that can be enjoyed completely in the Americas and will be partially visible from Europe and Africa. Are you ready to see the eclipse?
The moon full will be relatively larger than normal because it will be close to the Earth, at 358,000 kilometers, so it can be considered as "Super Luna".
Also, to the east, Venus and Jupiter will shine in the night sky.
At what time?
From 05:43 GMT: for an hour and two minutes, the Moon will be completely in the shadow of the Earth. But it will not be invisible, but will have a dark red tone.
Visible from where?
In America the effect will be fully seen, since it will happen in the middle of the night.
In Colombia, it will be possible to watch from 10:30 pm (Colombian time), however, the moon will reach its maximum redness starting at 00:15 and will start to leave the umbra from 1:00 am.
Europe and West Africa will see the eclipse, but not until the end. Eastern Europe can observe the beginning of the total phase, but not the end. North and West Africa will enjoy the exit of the total phase, but will miss the last partial stage.
France, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom will see everything.
In general, more to the east, the eclipse will be at dawn and the event will be "shortened".
In all the total lunar eclipses, the satellite appears coppery. Americans call this "blood moon" effect, says AFP.
During an eclipse, the Sun's rays strike directly on the Moon because the Earth is in the middle. These sunrays are filtered from the atmosphere: the red rays are diverted towards the inside of the shadow cone and, therefore, towards the Moon, while the blue rays diverge towards the outside.
The lunar eclipses occur in whole or in part at least twice a year, says Florent Deleflie, astronomer of the Paris-PSL Observatory, although they are not visible everywhere.
It is rare to be able to fully observe the total eclipses, as will be the case on Monday.