A rare Blood Moon eclipse is taking place on Sunday. The full moon will bring a total lunar eclipse which will cause the moon to take on a red glow in an effect that’s come to be known as the Blood Moon.

At the same time, the moon will sit at the closest point to Earth in its orbit which will make it appear giant in the night sky.

The total eclipse will last from about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, to 12:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, making it perfect for night owls.

“When the moon goes total eclipse, it gets a burnt orange or reddish, depending on a number of factors,” said Paul Oswald, president of the South Jersey Astronomy Club told the Philadelphia Inquirer.  “It’s a little bit different each time. But it’s pretty cool.”

Oswald’s group will gather  for a viewing event open to the public at Belleplain State Forest in Woodbine, which is perfect for viewing because it is so remote, with little light pollution. The one wild card will be the weather, which could cause some issues Sunday into Monday, according to Meteorologist Dan Zarrow.

If so, the next time such a lunar event takes place won't be until 2021.

Source:  Philadelphia Inquirer

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