Twofer! Total lunar eclipse with supermoon bonus

Twofer! Total lunar eclipse with supermoon bonus

Expect the eclipsed, or blood moon, to turn red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

A rare "super blood Moon" eclipse took place in the sky above Flintshire this morning. A blood moon is a total lunar eclipse in which the sun's rays give it a reddish tinge.

The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and some universities held public viewing events Sunday night, attracting lots of astronomy enthusiasts.

A super blood wolf moon occurs when a blood moon and supermoon happen simultaneously and was best seen from the United Kingdom at around 5.10am - providing clouds did not obstruct the view.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when only a portion of the Moon enters Earth's umbra, while a total lunar eclipse, occurs when the entire Moon enters the planet's umbra.

The eclipse will be visible from the whole of North and South America, parts of France, Spain, Portugal, and Russia's north-eastern tip, in addition other parts of the world.

A Wolf Moon is the name given to any Full Moon happening in January.

What makes it a super blood wolf moon?

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

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There's a lot cloud around, but there are some breaks to enjoy the lunar eclipse as well".

Earth cast two shadows on the moon during the eclipse.

"The super part is somewhat rare, the moon needs to be within a day or so of its closest position, and the orbit's a month long, so that's pretty rare", astronomer David Reitzel told CBS2.

The Virtual Telescope Project shared a live stream of the lunar eclipse at its brightest above the skyline of Rome.

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