Stargazers Share Images of ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’

Bright skies tonight for what could be a spectacular lunar eclipse

The moon turned blood red on Monday as the Earth passed directly between it and the sun, creating a shadow that stopped solar rays reaching the surface and a total lunar eclipse that won't be seen again until 2021. The moniker "Wolf Moon" was given to every January moon by Native Americans. It was called a "super blood wolf moon" because the moon was at its closest point in its orbit to the Earth, making it appear larger than normal, or "super"; a "blood" moon because of the reddish hue from the eclipse; and a "wolf" moon, which is the name for January's full moon.

Kerikeri astrophotographer Chris Pegman got a stunning image of the super blood moon overlooking Matauri Bay and the Cavalli Islands.

How long did this lunar eclipse last?

"The colour is due to Rayleigh scattering - where the Sun's blue light is scattered off molecules in Earth's atmosphere - which also happens at sunsets", explained the Royal Astronomical Society of Britain.

The moon was in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of Earth from the sun.

Ireland is set to see the most impressive lunar eclipse tomorrow Monday 21 for the next 14 years and astronomers are even advising that people take a day off to see it.


Sunday's super blood moon was nicknamed a wolf moon because that is the title The Farmer's Almanac gives to January's full moon. It's just that they are not visible everywhere.

Here's a shot of last night's eclipse taken from the mesa, looking down on SB and up to the sky.

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



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