Super wolf blood Moon seen around the Globe

According to Space.com, it was the first total lunar eclipse visible from the majority of the U.S.in 19 years, and the first such celestial event visible from North America in three years. (AFP) The eclipse and Super Blood Wolf Moon as seen from Bogota, Colombia, January 20, 2019. The "blood" refers to the moon's red glow as its bathed in the sun's light refracted off the Earth's atmosphere.

If you saw the super blood wolf moon and are now wondering what that name even means, here's a breakdown of one of the first skywatching events of 2019.

"We're going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipses over the next couple of years", explained Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

The Reuters news agency reported, "The best viewing of the one-hour total eclipse was from North and South America, with as many as 2.8 billion people able to see it from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa and northernmost Russian Federation". The duration of the "totality" phase - when the moon ws completely engulfed in Earth's shadow - -was 62 minutes.

The total eclipse begins as the full moon shines over Montevideo on January 21, 2019 while coloured lights decorate 18 de julio Avenue ahead of carnival festivities in Uruguay.

Here are some photos of Sunday nights Super Blood Wolf Moon!


In addition to the Americas, the entire lunar extravaganza could be observed, weather permitting, all the way across the Atlantic to parts of Europe.

An eclipse of the moon progresses behind the CN Tower in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

But why don't we see total lunar eclipses more often?

A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth's shadow. But the moon's orbit is tilted a little bit compared to the Earth's, so usually when the moon is full, the Earth's shadow passes a little bit above or a little bit below it.

And unlike solar eclipses, the lunar eclipse was safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars.


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