Stargazers Pack Griffith Observatory To See Super Blood Wolf Moon

A super moon combined with a lunar eclipse over the Edmonton skies in 2015.							Larry Wong  Edmonton Journal

(AFP) The eclipse and Super Blood Wolf Moon as seen from Bogota, Colombia, January 20, 2019.

The total lunar eclipse includes a super Moon where a Full Moon appears 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

When the full moon moves into Earth's shadow, it darkens, but it doesn't disappear.

Hundreds of people came out late on Sunday night or early Monday morning to witness the event, capturing images of the super blood wolf moon and sharing it on Twitter.

Current estimates suggest the total lunar eclipse will begin at 7.30pm and end around 9.10pm.

The Reuters news agency reported, "The best viewing of the one-hour total eclipse was from North and South America, with as many as 2.8 billion people able to see it from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa and northernmost Russian Federation".

During this eclipse, direct sunlight is completely blocked by the Earth's shadow.

The eclipse was visible throughout North and South America where skies were clear.

That's the Super Blood Wolf Moon super-mooning the earth Sunday night - the only total lunar eclipse this year replete with a supermoon bonus.

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

The celestial curtain will be rising soon on a lunar extravaganza. The United States missed out on the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, which happened in July 2018. "A lunar eclipse can only happen during a full moon, when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun". But the moon's orbit is tilted a little bit compared to the Earth's, so usually when the moon is full, the Earth's shadow passes a little bit above or a little bit below it.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon dazzled those who could see it in the Americas and parts of Europe.

The optimum viewing time was at around 5.12am when the eclipse was at its peak.

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