Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

Super Blood Wolf Moon 2019: It was also the year’s first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.
Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar: The moon is seen next to the statue of Christ the Redeemer during a total lunar eclipse known as the Super Blood Wolf Moon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.(REUTERS)
Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar: The moon is seen next to the statue of Christ the Redeemer during a total lunar eclipse known as the Super Blood Wolf Moon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 21, 2019 01:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByAssociated Press, Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus. 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. There won’t be another until the year 2021.

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

Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar: A combination photo shows the moon during a lunar eclipse in Paris, France, January 21, 2019. (REUTERS)
Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar: A combination photo shows the moon during a lunar eclipse in Paris, France, January 21, 2019. (REUTERS)

The entire eclipse took more than three hours. Totality - when the moon’s completely bathed in Earth’s shadow - lasted an hour. During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood, moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere.

In addition to the Americas, the entire lunar extravaganza could be observed, weather permitting, all the way across the Atlantic to parts of Europe.

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