Interpreting the super blood moon

Figure 3 The circle of life

Figure 3 The circle of life

Stargazers in parts of the United Kingdom under clear skies have been treated to the astronomical spectacle of a "super blood wolf moon". The full moon was fully obscured before lighting up again with a faint red glow. The moon appeared bigger than normal because it was closer to the Earth - about 358,000 kilometres away instead of the usual 390,000km - earning it the nickname "super moon".

Others across Scotland also took to social media to post photos of the eclipse...


The Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse passes over One World Trade Center on January 20, 2019 in New York City. The moniker "Wolf Moon" was given to every January moon by Native Americans.

Kerikeri astrophotographer Chris Pegman got a stunning image of the super blood moon overlooking Matauri Bay and the Cavalli Islands. In January, it's known as the "wolf moon", inspired by the hungry animals that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the earth comes between the sun and the moon, covering the moon with its shadow. At its peak, where night skies were clear of clouds, Venus and Jupiter shone brightly in the night sky.

The last total lunar eclipse, which occurred in July, was visible only over parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. A full moon occurs every 29.5 days when Earth is directly aligned between the sun and the moon.

Earth cast two shadows on the moon during the eclipse.

The next total lunar eclipse is expected on May 26, 2021.

Canada and the US won't have another chance to see this phenomenon again until May 2022.

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