Your Photos: Did you see the ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’?

22 January, 2019, 00:41 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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Basically, this rare total lunar eclipse happens at the same time as a supermoon.

What makes it a super blood wolf moon? It was closer to the Earth than usual, making it a "super moon".

Lunar eclipses describe the moment the Moon passes behind the earth and into its shadow and can only happen when there is a Full Moon. (AP) The Moon during the Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse over New York, US, January 20, 2019.

The entire eclipse took more than three hours.

The next lunar eclipse will take place between July 16 and 17, but unlike the Super Blood Wolf Moon which appeared in the night sky on January 21, this will only be a partial lunar eclipse. In January, it's known as the "wolf moon", inspired by hungry wolves that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. The moon reached maximum eclipse at 9:12 p.m. and remained as such until 9:43 p.m.

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.

The celestial curtain will be rising soon on a lunar extravaganza.

What is a lunar eclipse?

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

At 8:41 p.m. PST (0441 GMT, Monday), the moon was completely inside the umbra, marking the beginning of the total lunar eclipse. "This is why we don't have a lunar eclipse every month".

But what exactly is a Blood Moon, when can you next see one and when did the United Kingdom last experience one?

Unlike a solar eclipse, eye protection is not required for viewing.



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