Stargazers Share Images of ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’

Stargazers Share Images of ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’

The full Moon appeared bigger than normal because it was closer to the Earth - about 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometres) away - earning it the nickname "super Moon".

A picture taken on January 21, 2019 in Duisburg shows a view of the Super Blood Moon above an industrial plant during a lunar eclipse.

Earth cast two shadows on the moon during the eclipse.

NASA estimates there will be 85 total lunar eclipses this century. While the moon won't turn red again for several years, there will be several partial lunar eclipses in 2019 and 2020.

The so-called "super blood wolf moon" slips into Earth's dark umbral shadow during a total lunar eclipse behind the Tours's cathedral on January 21, 2019 in France.

The blood moon was clearly visible in Northland and many people got to see it, while some photographed it and others took a chance to have some fun images taken. At the peak of the spectacle, sunlight passed through Earth's atmosphere and lit the moon, making it appear to glow red. The duration of the "totality" phase - when the moon ws completely engulfed in Earth's shadow - -was 62 minutes.

Everyone could see the supermoon but the entire eclipse was visible only in North and South America, and across the Atlantic to western and northern Europe. The moniker "Wolf Moon" was given to every January moon by Native Americans.

The moon was in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. When the moon began to "bleed", the Arawak Indians were fooled into giving Columbus and his crew food.

It's a rare event when a total lunar eclipse is visible on so many parts of the Earth's land mass, as is the case on Monday.

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