‘Super blood moon’ thrills onlookers with vibrant shade of red

‘Super blood moon’ thrills onlookers with vibrant shade of red

A composite of still images shows the stages of the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" lunar eclipse on the night of January 20, 2019.

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

Tenerife, a Spanish island off West Africa, was treated to a great sighting.

San Diegans from all over the county crowded around the fountain outside The Fleet Science Center to watch as the lunar eclipse hit totality at 8:41 p.m.

This kind of eclipse occurs when the Earth passes precisely between the Sun and the Moon.

"The Sun's red light is scattered much less by air, and is bent by Earth's atmosphere in a process called refraction, travelling all the way through it to light up the Moon's surface".

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When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, but did not disappear.

The eerie sight is caused by sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere and illuminating the moon in dramatic fashion, turning it red.

So where does the "wolf" part come in? Each moon has its own name associated with the full moon. Other monikers include a "Wolf Moon", a traditional way of coining an eclipse in the month of January, and a "Blood Moon" because of its rusty, red colour.

Basically, this rare total lunar eclipse happens at the same time as a supermoon.

Hundreds of individuals got here out late on Sunday evening or early Monday morning to witness the occasion, capturing photographs of the large blood wolf moon and sharing it on Twitter. A supermoon - it was 2019's first - is when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit during its full phase, making it appear bigger and brighter.

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