The early morning night skies on January 21, 2019, will hold a rare and unusual event as a total lunar eclipse is set to occur when the Moon is at its closest proximity to Earth – a phenomenon known as a “Super Blood Moon”, which will not visible again until 2036.
Though the event is rare, it is not a sign of “impending doom” as some publications have claimed. Of the 87 total lunar eclipses that will occur during this century, Newsweek reports that just 28 will coincide with the perigee of supermoons, or the point when the Moon is closest to Earth.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun, and Moon are in syzygy alignment, the Greek word for being paired together, when the Earth comes between the Sun and Moon, covering the Moon in its shadow. The varying stages of Earth’s three shadows…
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