STAR-GAZERS are in for a treat, with a total eclipse set to dominate the skies next week.

In the early hours of Monday there will be the opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse, made extra special as it will be a ‘supermoon.’

Our Astronomy Correspondent, Jonathan Powell, explained: “The so-called ‘Wolf Moon’, (which is January’s Full Moon), will be close to perigee, meaning that it will be at its closest point to Earth just hours after the eclipse.

“This will make the Moon look distinctly larger in our skies.”

(2018 super moon from New Inn. Picture: Camera Club member: Matthew Clibery)

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The eclipse will take place in the early hours of Monday, January 21, as the Earth’s shadow covers the ‘Supermoon.’

It is expected to start at 3.34am, reaching totality at 5.12am, and ending at 6.51am.

(The moon from Usk Picture: Camera Club member Jennifer Wareham)

“The ‘Supermoon’ is expected to change colour to a rusty brown or red,” added Mr Powell.

“This is due to a combination of refracted light around the Earth’s surface and is a result of the various particles in our atmosphere.”

This is often referred to as a ‘Blood Moon’ due to the unusual colour.

(Super blue blood moon in 2018 Picture: Camera Club member Paul Lloyd)

If you manage to get some photos of this spectacular event, and would like them potentially featured online and in print, email:

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