By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
A rare Super Blood Moon will be visible in most parts of the world, including Belize, on Sunday night as a lunar eclipse, coupled with a “super-moon”, a full moon at perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth, take place creating the effect.
The Earth’s shadow will start making its way across the moon at 6:11 p.m. Belize time. The total eclipse begins at 8:11 p.m. and will peak at 8:47 p.m. ET. The total eclipse will last about 72 minutes.
The moon will become the ‘star’ of the night sky as it turns red in color during the unusual phenomenon, which involves it appearing 14 percent bigger.
The strange coloration will come as the light from the sun shines onto the moon after being refracted and scattered through the dust in Earth’s atmosphere as the planet passes in between the two, casting a shadow and causing the eclipse.
The particulates in the atmosphere filter out all colors, except red, meaning if there have been a lot of volcanic eruptions or fires on our planet, the moon appears to be a darker red or brown color as more light is dissipated.
Belize is among the countries that will have total view of the eclipse while other portions of the world, including parts of the western United States, and eastern Europe, Asia and Africa will only have partial view of the eclipse due to their geographic locations.
The last super blood moon happened more than 30 years ago in 1982 and another isn’t expected until 18 years from now in 2033.