Star-Gazers Take In Rare Super Blood Wolf Moon, Lunar Eclipse
- Author: Essie Rivera Jan 22, 2019,
Jan 22, 2019, 0:44
The January eclipse stunned space enthusiast around the world as the Super Blood Wolf Moon turned a deep shade of red overnight.
The full eclipse began at 4.40 am in the United Kingdom and appeared red at 5.12 am, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. The penumbra was the partial outer shadow, and the umbra was the full, dark shadow.
A Super Blood Wolf Moon is a combination of three astral events occurring at once and will see a Super Moon, a Blood Moon and a Wolf Moon merged together.
A Wolf Moon is the name given to any Full Moon happening in January.
The "super moon" gives off a red glow on the moons surface as it moves into Earth's shadow, this is known as a blood moon.
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".
This will be the last lunar eclipse of 2019 and the next one will not appear before January 10, 2020.
This unique total lunar eclipse ended early Monday at 1:51 a.m. ET.
And while the events alone aren't totally uncommon, when they are combined they make for a spectacular display.
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 optimum viewing time was at around 5.12am when the eclipse was at its peak.