Not long after we venture into 2019, we will have a stunning astronomical phenomenon before us: a Total Lunar Eclipse.
It will be the first of the two lunar eclipses in 2019, the next total eclipse will take place on May 26, 2021.
On January 21, 2019, the Earth will block the sun during the full moon, casting a reddish shadow on the moon’s surface.
We will be able to witness a total lunar eclipse, aka Blood Moon, which happens to coincide with a Supermoon, which in turn makes the event a rare Super Blood Moon.
People living in the American Continent will have the best view of the astronomical event, which will remain visible, from beginning to end, lasting 5 hours and 12 minutes.
Totality is at 9:12 p.m. PST on January 20 and 00:12 a.m. EST on January 21 from North America.
The following map shows the regions from where the total lunar eclipse will best be visible from.
Colored in black we have areas from where people will not be able to observe the eclipse; in white are areas from where people will be able to see it.
Colored in gray are regions from where people will be able to witness the eclipse during the moonrise or moonset.
A total lunar eclipse takes place as the moon passes through Earth’s full shadow, dubbed the umbra.
Since the moon has an irregular orbit, this does not occur every time it is at the opposite side of the Earth to the sun. It only takes place when the angles and distances are perfect—otherwise, we witness either a full moon or a partial eclipse.