Super Blood Wolf Moon - What is it?

by Fredrick Graves January 22, 2019, 0:40
Super Blood Wolf Moon - What is it?

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. - LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images Various views of the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse on January 20, 2019 in Burbank, United States. A supermoon - it was 2019's first - is when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit during its full phase, making it appear bigger and brighter.

When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, but did not disappear. It was the first full moon of January, often referred to as a wolf 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".

Since the penumbra is much fainter than the dark core of the Earth's shadow, the umbra, a penumbral eclipse of the Moon is often hard to tell apart from a normal Full Moon.

A rare "super blood Moon" eclipse took place in the sky above Flintshire this morning. Kevin Winter/Getty Images The moon fully shadowed by the Earth is seen above the castle of Salgo during a total lunar eclipse near Salgotarjan, northeast of Budapest, Hungary, early Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

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According to the National Geographic, "This lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, the traditional name for the January full moon". This process will end at 11:40 p.m., when the Earth's shadow covers the whole of the moon's surface; this is the beginning of "totality.' This will last until around 12:40 a.m., when the motion of the Earth's shadow will carry it past the moon, and the moon will gradually again be lit by the sun".

Partial eclipses are more common.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon dazzled those who could see it in the Americas and parts of Europe.

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