Stargazers Pack Griffith Observatory To See Super Blood Wolf Moon

Stargazers Pack Griffith Observatory To See Super Blood Wolf Moon

Stargazers Pack Griffith Observatory To See Super Blood Wolf Moon

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also a supermoon.

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.

CNN says as the full moon comes into Earth's shadow, it darkens and the sunlight that passes through the atmosphere of the Earth makes the moon look red.

It was also the year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.

This unique total lunar eclipse ended early Monday at 1:51 a.m. ET.

The next total lunar eclipse will take place in May 26, 2021. The duration of the "totality" phase - when the moon ws completely engulfed in Earth's shadow - -was 62 minutes. The wolf part is for January's full moon.

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The total lunar eclipse will last for more than five hours, in which the moon will go red; such a lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in alignment.

The lunar event lasted about four hours, beginning at 9:36 p.m EST Sunday and ending about 1:50 a.m. Monday. The rare celestial event was visible across the Northern Hemisphere, including North and South America, parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. By 2:48 a.m. on January 21, the total lunar eclipse ended.

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

The so-called Super Blood Wolf Moon slips into Earth's dark umbral shadow during the total lunar eclipse as seen from Angel de la Independencia in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 20, 2019.

And unlike solar eclipses, the lunar eclipse was safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars.

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