You will need to rise early on Monday morning if you want to see one of the most spectacular astronomical events of the year – a super wolf blood moon.
Amateur astronomers will be able to witness a total eclipse of the moon for the last time until 2029, provided weather conditions are favourable.
The Earth will be between the sun and the moon, meaning the moon will not get any direct sunlight, causing it to appear red.
What time will it start?
The moon will begin to pass into Earth’s outer shadow at 2.35am and its main shadow at 3.33am, before the full eclipse starts at 4.40am.
The moment of mass coverage will occur at 5.12am for people in the UK, which is when the moon will appear at its most red.
This will last until 5.43am. The moon will pass out of the main shadow at 6.51am and escape the outer shadow at 7.49am.
Because the moon turns red, lunar eclipses are popularly known as “blood moons” – and because this one will occur when the moon is unusually close to Earth, it will be known as a super blood moon.
A wolf moon is the traditional name for the full moon in January in Native American folklore, and so this moon is being referred to as the super wolf blood moon.
Where will it be visible?
It will only be visible within the most northern and western parts of Europe, including the whole of the UK and Portugal, and parts of northwestern France and Spain.
The whole of North and South America will be able to see the total eclipse.
No special equipment is needed, although binoculars or a small telescope will help you get a close-up.
The biggest difficulty for viewers is going to be the risk of cloud cover.