Lunar Eclipse & Super Moon

Cristina Cross
January 23, 2019

Skywatchers howled at the Moon at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles when the full lunar eclipse appeared shortly after 8.41pm Pacific time on Sunday (12.41pm yesterday Singapore time) and our celestial neighbour was bathed reddish-orange during a Super Blood Wolf Moon.

It was called a supermoon because the eclipse happened at a point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to the Earth, which causes the moon to look slightly brighter and bigger than usual.

Clear skies Sunday night gave the Sunshine Coast a ideal view of the total lunar eclipse.

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

The lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019 before the moon is fully cast in shadow, hovering over the dome of the church St. Elisabeth in Nuremberg, Germany. The penumbra was the partial outer shadow, and the umbra was the full, dark shadow.

The name of the eclipse refers to a January full moon and the distance from the Earth, combined with a few other factors. Sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere lights the moon in a dramatic fashion, turning it red.

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"In ancient Greece, Aristotle noted that the shadows on the Moon during lunar eclipses were round, regardless of where an observer saw them", said NASA. Instead tribes gave each full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months.

The full eclipse began at 0440 GMT in the United Kingdom and appeared red at 0512 GMT, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

A view of the moon during a total eclipse on Monday.

The lunar eclipse is in Leo while the sun is in Aquarius.

North Americans may get their next glimpse of a blood moon in 2021 along the West coast and 2022 on the East coast.

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