Stargazers share images of super blood wolf moon

The full moon appears behind the Mattielli-statue on the Hofkirche church during a blood moon eclipse over Dresden eastern Germany

What is a Super Blood Wolf Moon?

A supermoon is a full moon when it's at the point in its orbit when it's closest to the Earth.

January's full moon may have gotten its name because Native Americans and/or early European colonists associated the month with increased wolf activity, especially howling. (AP) The Moon during the Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse over New York, US, January 20, 2019.

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".

The moon didn't go completely dark, but glowed a slightly red tint as "a result of sunlight being filtered and bent through the Earth's atmosphere", similar to a sunset.

The total lunar eclipse will last for more than five hours, in which the moon will go red; such a lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in alignment. You can only do this in January if you want to get that wolf designation into play. The moon reached maximum eclipse at 9:12 p.m. and remained as such until 9:43 p.m.

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

A lunar eclipse took place on January 31, 2018, but it was not from the UK.

Supermoon rising 48 photos How long did this lunar eclipse last?

"There is a little less than one total lunar eclipse per year on average", Freeman said.

During the lunar eclipse the moon appears bigger and brighter than normal.

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

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