Check out the Super Blood Wolf Moon

Pablo Tucker
January 23, 2019

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear.

The Moon did not vanish entirely during the total eclipse but, at its height, the entire lunar surface was bathed in a reddish-orange glow that gives rise to the "blood moon" description.

The eclipse, which was produced as the Sun, Earth, and Moon all aligned, cast a large shadow over the lunar body locally from approximately 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Totality - when the moon is completely bathed in Earth's shadow - lasted an hour. When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, however, didn't disappear.

The so-called "super blood wolf moon" slips into Earth's dark umbral shadow during a total lunar eclipse behind the Tours's cathedral on January 21, 2019 in France.

Hence the name for this year's event: A "super blood wolf moon".

The national space agency also stated that lunar eclipses have since ancient times played an important role in understanding Earth and its motions in space.

So where does the "wolf" part come in?

It happened at 11:41 p.m. ET on Sunday (0441 GMT on Monday) when a bright flash was visible for a fraction of a second.

The full eclipse began at 0440 GMT in the United Kingdom and appeared red at 0512 GMT, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

Les captured the lunar eclipse from his back garden in Upminster.

We've only got a month before the next spasm of supermoon snapshots.

The 'blood's part easy to see in the photograph.

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