Blood Moon explained in 20 seconds

Blood Moon explained in 20 seconds

Blood Moon explained in 20 seconds

(AFP) The eclipse and Super Blood Wolf Moon as seen from Bogota, Colombia, January 20, 2019. We can see the red light during an eclipse as it falls onto the Moon in Earth's shadow.

Stargazers across California watched the full moon slip into the Earth's shadow during an eclipse on Sunday night.

If you saw the super blood wolf moon and are now wondering what that name even means, here's a breakdown of one of the first skywatching events of 2019.

The entire eclipse will exceed three hours.

During this eclipse, direct sunlight is completely blocked by the Earth's shadow. In January, the full moon is also sometimes known as the wolf moon or great spirit moon.

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

When was the last total lunar eclipse or blood moon and when is the next one?

Experts say the lunar eclipse will begin around 8:36 p.m. but won't be fully visible until approximately 11:12 p.m. ending around 11:43 p.m.

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

The lunar eclipse progresses behind the Monumento a la Carta Magna y Las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 21, 2019.

But why don't we see total lunar eclipses more often?

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

The Virtual Telescope Project shared a live stream of the lunar eclipse at its brightest above the skyline of Rome.

"The super part is somewhat rare, the moon needs to be within a day or so of its closest position, and the orbit's a month long, so that's pretty rare", astronomer David Reitzel told CBS2.

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

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