Filey resident takes shots of rare super blood wolf moon

Filey resident takes shots of rare super blood wolf moon

Kenneth Drake
January 22, 2019

According to Space.com, the eclipse coincided with a supermoon - a full moon that occurs when the natural satellite is at or near its closest point to Earth during its elliptical orbit.

Stargazers across California watched the full moon slip into the Earth's shadow during an eclipse on Sunday night. And the "wolf" refers to the time of year; a wolf moon is the traditional name for January's full moon.

The next total lunar eclipse is expected in May of 2021.

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". Totality - when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow - lasted an hour.

Skygazers in parts of the United Kingdom lucky enough to be under clear skies have been treated to the astronomical spectacle of a "super blood wolf moon". In January, it's known as the "wolf moon", inspired by hungry wolves that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

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Here are a few viewer photos from Sunday night's event.

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

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There's a lot cloud around, but there are some breaks to enjoy the lunar eclipse as well".

FULL moons and lunar eclipses have always been associated with various legends, myths and dark apocalyptic theories.

Partial eclipses are more common. It also afforded a unique view of the sky.