The total eclipse of the Moon can be seen with the naked eye



A Total Eclipse of the Moon occurs late on the night of Sunday, January 20, and can be seen with the naked eye from the whole Island.


The eclipse begins partially at 11:33 p.m. while already from 12:41 a.m. the eclipse will be in its total phase, so the Moon will look remarkably orange.


"When the Moon is in its full phase, it is approximately aligned with the Earth and the Sun. However, there are times when this alignment is more precise and when the Moon passes through the" umbra "or shadow that produces our planet, a lunar eclipse occurs, "explained the Caribbean Astronomy Society (SAC).


The eclipse of Sunday occurs on the same night that there will be Super Moon, because our natural satellite will look a bit bigger than when it is in its average distance, so we will be seeing a Total Eclipse of the Super Moon.


During the eclipse, the Moon will be at a distance of 218,360 miles (351,416 km) from Earth, ie about 20,000 miles closer than its average distance, which is 239,000 miles, the organization said.


"The orange color that we will be seeing on the Moon is similar to the one we see near the horizon during a sunset, and it is precisely while it is dawning and darkening in different parts of the planet in those instants, all that orange light that is being refracted in our atmosphere, is what will reach the moon during the eclipse, "said Juan González Alicea, president of the SAC.


It is an event that does not occur very often, since it is not observed in the Caribbean since 2015. "That is why we should appreciate these shows that nature offers," said the educational entity, indicating that the next Lunar eclipses visible from the Island, will be a partial eclipse in November 2021 and a total one in May 2022.


The organization invited the public to visit the portal SociedadAstronomia.com as well as Facebook.com/sociedad.astronomia for more details of observation events free of charge.


"On this occasion, the eclipse occurs while our natural satellite will look something close to notable stars visible during the winter, so it will be a Total Eclipse of the Moon framed with bright stars," said Eddie Irizarry, vice president of the SAC. .


The total phase starts at 12:41 a.m. while the maximum or midpoint of the Total Eclipse of the Moon occurs at about 1:12 a.m. The total eclipse would be culminating at 1:43 a.m. so from that moment, the orange color visible on the Moon would begin to gradually disappear.


NASA calculations indicate that the total phase of the eclipse will last 1 hour, 1 minute, and 59 seconds.


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