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WATCH LIVE: Sun, Earth and Moon align for a total lunar eclipse

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jan 20, 2019

A total lunar eclipse is occurring Sunday evening, visible in North and South America and western parts of Europe and Africa.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon align.

At 7:33 p.m. PST, the Moon will start to become noticeably darker as it moves into Earth’s shadow.

The total lunar eclipse begins at 8:41 p.m. and lasts for about an hour with totality occurring at 9:12 p.m. PST.

This lunar eclipse has been nicknamed a “super blood wolf moon.”

A “supermoon” is the nickname for a full moon when the Moon is at the closest point in its orbit to Earth. During this time, the Moon can appear bigger and brighter than usual.

Total lunar eclipses are sometimes referred to as “blood moons” because the eclipse causes the full moon to glow red.

And in folklore, January’s full moon is called a “wolf moon.”

Thus, the “super blood wolf moon.”

This will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.

No special equipment is needed to view the total lunar eclipse. It can be seen with the naked eye. But if it’s too cloudy, you can watch a livestream at timeanddate.com.

Take a cool picture of the eclipse? Share it by including #beonksby in your post on Instagram or Twitter.