Super wolf blood Moon seen around the Globe
- Author: Douglas Reid Jan 22, 2019,
Jan 22, 2019, 0:44
Every month's full moon has such a folkloric moniker; for example, March's is called the Worm Moon.
The celestial event turned the mountains red after the eclipse started on January 20.
The whole show lasted for about five hours before sunrise on January 21. "And then eclipses happen only a couple times a year, and you have to be on the right side of the earth to see it".
A Super Blood Wolf Moon is a combination of three astral events occurring at once and will see a Super Moon, a Blood Moon and a Wolf Moon merged together.
Eclipse happens when the moon, Earth and the sun are lined up and on the same plane - allowing for the moon to pass through Earths shadow.
The name is inspired by hungry wolves that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
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The "super moon" gives off a red glow on the moons surface as it moves into Earth's shadow, this is known as a blood moon.
The next total lunar eclipse is expected in May of 2021.
Here are some photos of Sunday nights Super Blood Wolf Moon!
Lunar eclipses occur only during a full moon, and this one was particularly special because it was also a supermoon, which occurs when the moon is full and closest to Earth in orbit.
Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There's a lot cloud around, but there are some breaks to enjoy the lunar eclipse as well".
The eclipse was visible throughout North and South America where skies were clear. The duration of the "totality" phase - when the moon ws completely engulfed in Earth's shadow - -was 62 minutes. To be even more precise, the Royal Astronomical Society said viewers in northwestern France, northwestern Spain, Portugal, the eastern Pacific and northeastern tip of Russian Federation would see the total eclipse.