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PUBLISHED: 5:30 January 19, 2019

The lunar eclipse will take place on Monday, January 21. Photo: DAVID MURTON / DARSHAM MASYARAKAT ASTRONOMI

The lunar eclipse will take place on Monday, January 21. Photo: DAVID MURTON / DARSHAM MASYARAKAT ASTRONOMI


A total lunar eclipse will occur in the early hours of Monday morning, but will the sky remain clear enough for us to see it?

Sharp star connoisseurs must set their alarm right after 3am on Monday morning to see the eclipse, which is also known as a blood nest.

The moon is set to appear with a red piercing color and we won't see anything like that again until 2028.

To get a glimpse of the eclipse, the sky must be bright with little or no clouds.

Phil Garner, weather forecaster from Weatherquest, said he was optimistic about the possibility we could see a spectacular view.

He said: "Sunday night will start brightly but now it is seeing that starting at 3 am the clouds will come from the northwest.

"This will be a starry start to the night and I am quite optimistic that we will be able to see the moon through a collection of clouds.

"This looks like the next few days so we will be able to have more accurate weather forecasts over the weekend."

David Murton, from the Darsham Astronomical Society, said: "An eclipse that looks like it will start at 3.33 in the morning with the shadow of the earth starting to bite into the full moon.

"This bite will slowly increase to 4.41 in the morning when totality begins. At this time the full moon will be much fainter, however, unlike a solar eclipse, the moon will not be completely dark because the Earth's atmosphere will bend part of the sun's rays, so it continues to illuminate the moon.

"However, refracting light and dust in our atmosphere will color this light and the moon can change the golden crimson color. The lunar eclipse lasts much longer than the solar eclipse and the period of totality will last up to 5.43 in the morning giving us an hour of observation.

"The shadow will then back across the face until 6.50 am when everything is over, but at that moment the dawn will break and the moon will be very low in the sky so you will be lucky to see it finally."

Read our story beforehand to find out everything you need to know about the January eclipse.


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