First partial solar eclipse of the year today

Don't miss the total (lunar) eclipse of the heart this month

Don't miss the total (lunar) eclipse of the heart this month

It's best to view the eclipse anywhere with little light pollution where you'd normally stargaze.

Lunar eclipses aren't as rare as solar eclipses and they are a lot easier to watch because you don't need safety equipment.

He said people who want to view the "blood moon" eclipse January 20 should dress in warm clothes and be prepared for weather changes. Some days you may have noticed the moon looking much bigger than usual - that was likely a super moon, when the moon is the closest distance it gets to Earth during its orbit, making the moon appear anywhere from 14-30 percent larger than the average nightly moon. Blood Moons were given their name because of the brassy-red color the moon turns when the Earth blocks the majority of the sunlight from reaching it. "Last year the blood moon was seen over the Middle East and this year will be seen over the U.S".

Where: Any clear vantage point will do, especially out in the country away from electric lights.

The whole thing will be over by 10:51 p.m.

This can only happen before a new Moon phase; when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth.

An eclipse is a celestial phenomenon which takes place when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are aligned in a straight line.

The moon reaches the exact centre of the shadow at 12:12 a.m. on January 21.

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There are four types of solar eclipse: total, partial, annular and hybrid.

The special Eclipse will not only be a blood moon, but is being described as a "Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse".

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January 22: The planets Jupiter and Venus will appear very close together in the early morning sky, called a conjunction.

This happens when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly lined up.

Skygazers were already treated to a meteor shower early in January.

August 24: Venus appears fairly close to Mars, though they will not be as close as the January conjunction with Jupiter.

Traditionally, eclipses are considered to be inauspicious as the Sun is not clearly visible during a solar eclipse and could lead to an increase in bacteria and germs.

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