In the evening between January 20 and January 21st marks the first super moon of the year, when the Earth's natural satellite is the closest and a "moon of the blood" will be created from the shadow of the Land.
It's time to go out and look. Challenge the cold if the skies are clear on the evening of January 20 and the early hours of the morning of January 21st to witness the last time a total lunar eclipse will be visible in North America until May 26, 2021.
January 20 the first full moon of 2019 will illuminate the sky. It will also be darkened for more than three hours by the shadow of the Earth, according to the predictions of Fred Espenak of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. If you visit the NASA eclipse information page, please note that the organization uses Universal Time (the successor to Greenwich Mean Time), ie five hours must be subtracted to translate the time in Eastern Standard Time.
EarthSky.org offers the following breakdown: the beginning or partial umbral eclipse begins at 1
"Although the maximum eclipse is at midnight, I encourage everyone to flush out and dust off their telescopes, or even use binoculars to see the # 39; lunar eclipse of January 20, "said Elan Lift, 2019 President of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society. "We will begin to see the shadow of the Earth spill over to the Moon (the moon) as well as the light blocks of Sol (the sun) .Make sure to enlarge the craters while the shadows" move. "It may not look like much when it starts around 9:30 pm EST, but the red color is at full effect around midnight. We hope the weather holds up to see the red moon of Reading. "
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon and the shadow of the Earth cover the moon. The shadow creates a red cast on the surface of the moon and hence the name "blood moon".
The last total lunar eclipse of the Earth experimented was July 27, 2018, but it was not visible in North America. One on 31 January 2018 was visible only to western North America. The last time that a total lunar eclipse would have been visible at Berks was on 28 September 2015.
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Elan Lift, of Reading, holds one of his telescopes, a 60 mm Bushnell. Next to him are two reflecting telescopes during a meeting of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society at the Bicentennial House in West Reading on November 9, 2017.
Lift, 27, is a planetary assistant at the Reading Public Museum and has organized a gathering of eclipse observers for unofficial observations at Trooper Thorn's, 451 Morgantown Road (Route 10), for Sunday evening. It will be there from 9:30 pm to midnight to answer questions and help people with their telescopes or binoculars.
"Just walk out and look up," said Lift. "Light pollution does not matter, even from the city center you can have a good view."
Lift should know, is resident in the city and has been a keen astronomer enthusiast for eight years.
"I did not realize how much I was interested until I walked through the doors of the planetarium when I was 19," said Lift.
Wyomissing High said he had worked at Planet Neag while studying genetics and development science at Penn State Berks and the amount of scientific development in the space area continued to grow in interest. What is in space, the way in which humans cross it and which are sustained in it fascinate it.
"It's really what I love," said Lift.
He was able to light that fire by participating in the BCAAS.
"We are a group of enthusiasts who love to share our loves of the skies," he said.