The January lunar eclipse will be the last chance to see the red moon until 2021 - Vida Actual - Latest news from Uruguay and the World updated
The moon will be dyed red in the early hours of Monday to Tuesday in what will be the only total eclipse in America, at least until November 2021, a phenomenon that will attract amateurs and astronomers and that it is always better to observe it in high areas and away from light pollution.
Popularly these types of eclipses are known as "blood Moon". But the truth is that the Moon acquires a reddish hue because the Earth's atmosphere filters all the components of the solar white light and the red light is the only one that reaches the satellite.
This is how Mario Tafalla, from the Spanish National Astronomical Observatory, explained to Efe, who underlined that it is precisely this red light that causes the moon to see that reddish color.
In Uruguay, the Planetarium invites a day of observation in which it will be possible to use telescopes. It will be on Monday, January 21 between 0 and 02 hours on Avenida Rivera 3275
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is placed between the Sun and the Moon, blocking the sun's rays from reaching the satellite, and the Monday coincides with what is known as the "supermoon," although this is not an astronomical term.
This occurs when, in addition to being in the full moon phase, the Earth's satellite is at its closest point to the Earth or perigee, detailed Tafalla, who nevertheless warns that at first glance a person can not appreciate a difference in size .
America will be the continent that will enjoy a better time to observe it and where it will be best seen in the Caribbean area. In Uruguay it will be between 0:00 and 2:00 on Tuesday. The eclipse can also be seen in western Europe in all phases.
To enjoy the eclipse, you do not need a telescope or special lenses like solar eclipses.
The visibility of the eclipse could also be affected by the weather forecasts of each region.
There are other factors that can interfere in the eclipse, such as levels of pollution that can cause, during the phenomenon, the moon is observed a darker red in the cities, explained to Efe Miguel Rodriguez, the sky-live channel .TV.
Those who can not see it have the option of going to the sky-live.tv broadcasting channel, which will broadcast the eclipse live from the Teide Observatory (Spanish island in the Atlantic) along with the well-known Youtube broadcaster José Luis Crespo from the Quantum channel Fracture
The next astronomical events of 2019 in the world also includes two Sun eclipses: a total one on July 2 that can be seen in the South Pacific, Argentina and Chile, and one annul on December 26 that will be seen in Asia and Australia, although where it will be best seen will be in regions of Saudi Arabia, India, Sumatra, Borneo and Australia.
The eclipse calendar of 2019 includes a partial eclipse of the Moon on July 16, which will be seen in South America, the Pacific, Europe and Africa, although it will be less spectacular than this weekend.
The next eclipse with the same characteristics as on this Monday - a total moon - will take place in November 2021.