Super Blood Wolf Moon - What is it?

Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

"Super" refers to the fact that the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit.

When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, but did not disappear. Wolf moon is a Native American name for the first full moon of the year.

The next total lunar eclipse won't come around until 2021, according to the Associated Press.

The entire eclipse took more than three hours.

The next total lunar eclipse which will be visible in the United Kingdom is on July 27, 2018.

When was the last total lunar eclipse or blood moon and when is the next one? In January, it's known as the "wolf moon", inspired by the hungry animals that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

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.

North and South America, Europe and western Africa could see a total lunar eclipse, but eastern Africa and Asia could only observe a partial eclipse.

This will be the last lunar eclipse of 2019 and the next one will not appear before January 10, 2020.

But why don't we see total lunar eclipses more often? "A lunar eclipse can only happen during a full moon, when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun".

And while the events alone aren't totally uncommon, when they are combined they make for a spectacular display.

Rich Polk/Getty Images A picture taken on January 21, 2019 shows the so-called Super Blood Wolf Moon behind the Tours's cathedral on January 21, 2019, central France.

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

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