Lunar eclipse coming to Winnipeg this weekend

"This attack was more than just one on the Moon, however, for the Mesopotamians linked what happened in the sky with what happened on the land, and because the king of Mesopotamia represented the land, the seven demons were thought to be also attacking the king", the April 2014 National Geographic article stated.

Ficken and Jolliff say moon watchers will not need to use binoculars or a telescope to see the eclipse, but they can help enhance the experience.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story listed a scheduled eclipse watch party at the Department of Energy-owned Weldon Spring Site in St. Charles. No one knows for sure, but that skewed orbit is likely a relic from eons ago, when the moon first formed in the fiery aftermath of a collision between our embryonic planet and a Mars-size interloper. Wait for a few days until the Super Snow Moon is rising a few hours after twilight, and you may be able to see what astronomers call "zodiacal light", when it's possible to see sunlight reflecting on dust in the solar system. The sun, earth and moon will all align, turning it red with the first full moon of the year.

Ficken plans to be at Jefferson College in Hillsboro on Sunday night, where the St. Louis Astronomical Society has organized a public event to view the eclipse.

The blood moon comes overnight.

On top of changing colors, the moon will be super. The sight is visible from any place where the skies are dark and clear, during a totally predictable period of time. But that last part is because of something much cooler: an eclipse. Don't worry, you're not going to grow fur or claws. You will immediately receive a time table for this Sunday's phenomena. The partial eclipse is expected to conclude just before midnight. He is believed to not only be an expert in astronomy but very gifted in his ability to explain it. He plans to attend an eclipse party at Hallock State Park Preserve on New York's Long Island. The "theater", in this case, is the night side of Earth. January's full moon was referred to as the Wolf Moon. Total lunar eclipses have been termed "Blood Moons" because of the reddish tinge the moon takes once it's within the Earth's shadow and because of apocalyptic theories associated with the events.

As many as 2.8 billion people may see this weekend's eclipse from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa and northernmost Russian Federation, according to Space.com.

Of course, as is the case in a large theater, auditorium or concert hall, some will have a better view than others.

If the skies are clear, the eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal along with the French and Spanish coasts.

There are two types of supermoon: a full moon supermoon and a new moon supermoon. That's why it's called a wolf moon.

And from eastern Cuba, the moon will appear directly overhead. The eclipse will begin Sunday at 6:36 p.m. The shadow show will end at 1:51 a.m. Totality - when Earth's shadow completely blankets the moon - will last 62 minutes, beginning at 11:41 p.m. EST Sunday. While not all that rare of an event, the moon will be 356,000 km distant, making it less than 50,000 km closer than most of the time.

  • Joey Payne