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Wolf Blood Super Moon will be visible from Northern Ireland

By Andrew Madden

Stargazers across Northern Ireland will be in for a treat next week, as a rare form of lunar eclipse will be visible in our skies - a "Wolf Blood Super Moon".

This will be the first Total Lunar Eclipse (TLE) entirely visible from the island of Ireland since 2015 - with the next not taking place until 2028.

It will take place early on Monday morning, beginning at around 2.35am and ending at 6.51am, however the best time to glimpse the phenomenon will be at 5.15am - the "maximum eclipse" phase.

A TLE occurs when the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth from space and in each case it appears differently depending on the amount of dust and dirt in our atmosphere.

This TLE will be a particularly special form of an eclipse - a Wolf Blood Super Moon.

The 'wolf' part comes from the native American name for a full moon in January, while the 'blood' refers to the reddish hue it will turn when the sunlight is filtered through our atmosphere.

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The Super Blood Wolf Moon will be visible in the early hours of Monday morning.

This moon will be of the 'super' variety because it will be closer to earth, making it appear bigger than usual.

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According to the Irish Astronomical Association, which is based in Northern Ireland, you won't need any special telescope to observe the eclipse, but a pair of binoculars will allow you to view the changing colours as it develops.

"If you only start looking during totality, and the eclipse is a dark one, you may not immediately be able to see the moon, especially if you are viewing from a town or city," a spokesperson said.

"During the total phases, the moon will be in the south west part of the sky - roughly where the summer sun would be in mid-afternoon. Look for the changing colour of the moon as it slips deeper into the shadow, and then moves out the other side.

"If you are lucky enough to be able to see the whole event, you can get a mental picture of the size of the Earth’s shadow at the distance of the moon by watching the moon move against background stars."

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