Viewer Photos Of The Super Blood Wolf Moon
- Author: Joe Gonzales Jan 22, 2019,
Jan 22, 2019, 0:39
The rare phenomenon, caused in part by a lunar eclipse, makes the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal.
Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also a supermoon. "What's more, the moon on January 20 will be unusually close to Earth and so will be slightly bigger and brighter, making it a so-called supermoon".
When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, but did not disappear.
The "Wolf" Moon is actually the official name of the full moon that happens during the month of January.
The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles shared an image of the rusty-colored moon - which was to be the last total lunar eclipse visible in the United States until 2022.
The entire eclipse took more than three hours. The duration of the "totality" phase - when the moon ws completely engulfed in Earth's shadow - -was 62 minutes.
A Wolf Moon is the name given to any Full Moon happening in January.
A rare total lunar eclipse unfolded late Sunday night into Monday, Eastern Standard Time, as the moon, Earth and sun lined up, and with a bonus: a "super blood wolf moon".
Besides the Americas, the entire lunar extravaganza could be observed, weather permitting, all the way across the Atlantic to parts of Europe.
This will be the last lunar eclipse of 2019 and the next one will not appear before January 10, 2020.
The lunar eclipse began on January 20 at 9:36 p.m., but the best time to view it was starting around 10:34 p.m., when the first phase of the eclipse took place and the moon began to get dark.
But why don't we see total lunar eclipses more often?