Stargazers across Malta and Gozo will be in for a treat as a rare form of lunar eclipse will be visible in our skies – a ‘Wolf Blood Super Moon’.
This will be the first Total Lunar Eclipse entirely visible from the Maltese Islands since 2015 – with the next not taking place until 2029.
It will take place early on Monday morning, beginning at around 3.30am and ending at 7.50am, however the best time to glimpse the phenomenon will be at 6.12am – the ‘maximum eclipse’ phase.
What is a super blood Moon?
A Blood Moon is another name given to a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the Earth moves in between the Sun and the Moon. Our planet casts its shadow on the Moon, blocking out the Sun’s light.
Because of the way light passes through the Earth’s atmosphere during an eclipse, red light from the Sun is reflected onto it which is what makes the Moon appear red. That’s why we call it a Blood Moon.
What will we see from Malta?
The lunar eclipse taking place in January means the moon will look bigger and brighter than normal from Malta.
That’s why it is called a super blood Moon.
It is actually going to be the last total lunar eclipse to take place until 2029, so try to grab a glimpse if you can!
According to The Astronomical Society of Malta, you won’t need any special telescope to observe the eclipse, but a pair of binoculars will allow you to view the changing colours as it develops.
Members of the society will be observing the eclipse from around 4am next to St Mary Magdalene Chapel in Dingli.