See The Most Dazzling Photos Of January's Super Blood Wolf Moon

Pablo Tucker
January 22, 2019

It is a type of lunar eclipse, during which the moon appears to glow red while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal.

Stargazers were in for a treat as they enjoyed a rare "super blood moon" as it turned a stunning shade of red.

Surrounded by stars, the eclipsed moon turns red over Mount Baker.

Unlike solar eclipses, which require special glasses to view and can be seen only for a few minutes in a very limited area, a total lunar eclipse can be seen for about an hour by anyone on the night-time side of earth - as long as skies are clear, NASA said.

Lunar eclipses can only take place when a full moon occurs around a lunar node, the point where the two orbital planes meets. The total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

The blood moon was clearly visible in Northland and many people got to see it, while some photographed it and others took a chance to have some fun images taken.

The moon was in ideal alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of Earth from the sun.

When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, but did not disappear.

"The Sun's red light is scattered much less by air, and is bent by Earth's atmosphere in a process called refraction, travelling all the way through it to light up the Moon's surface". The moniker "Wolf Moon" was given to every January moon by Native Americans. When the moon began to "bleed", the Arawak Indians were fooled into giving Columbus and his crew food.

According to, it was the first total lunar eclipse visible from the majority of the 19 years, and the first such celestial event visible from North America in three years.

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