Blood moon visible over Milan
First of five eclipses this year.
A total lunar eclipse of 2019 will be visible over Milan early on Monday January 21.
During a total lunar eclipse, the earth moves between the sun and the moon, cutting off the moon's light supply. When this happens the moon's surface assumes a reddish glow instead of going completely dark, giving rise to the expression “blood moon”.
Additionally, a penumbral lunar eclipse will take place before and after the umbral lunar eclipse. However, a penumbral lunar eclipse is so faint that many people won’t even notice it while it is happening.
The full eclipse will last for a little more than one hour. It will be preceded and followed by a partial umbral eclipse, each persisting for over an hour. The whole umbral eclipse from start to finish has a duration of nearly 3½ hours.
The full eclipse will start at 05.41 and end at 06.43. It will also be possible to view the event in live streaming via the Virtualtelescope, available from 04.30 on 21 January.
This will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from Earth until 26 May 2021, although there will be three solar and two partial lunar eclipses still this year. This one will be visible across North and South America, Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northern and western Africa, plus the Arctic region of the globe.