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The Super Blood Wolf Moon

Updated on February 12, 2019

What Happened

On the night of Sunday, January 20th, a rare astronomical event called the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse was visible to people in North and South America. The moon was slowly eclipsed by the shadow of the Earth, and when it reached a certain point, the moon glowed a brilliant orange-red color. When a bright, white light shined off of one edge, the whole vision was absolutely stunning.

Why the Crazy Name?

The title of "Super Moon" simply exists to explain that the moon appears larger than usual. Of the 12 or 13 full moons that occur each year, about 3 or 4 are classified as Super Moons. The event called a "Super Moon" is when the moon is at its closest proximity to Earth during its orbit. This is why it looks larger during this time.

January's full moon is often referred to as the "Wolf Moon," which is where that part of the event's name originated.

The title, "Blood Moon" is a reference to the bright red color, like that of blood, which reflects off of the moon during a total lunar eclipse. The bright red colors are caused by the way that sunlight is filtered and refracted by Earth's atmosphere during this sort of event.

So the given title of the moon on January 20th, 2019 was a combination of all of the specific details of the moon's situation. Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse! That sounds far more menacing and complicated than it actually is, but it does make sense when broken down.

Here is a diagram of what exactly happens during a lunar eclipse.
Here is a diagram of what exactly happens during a lunar eclipse.

When Will There Be Another?

According to Timeanddate.com, which has a calendar of upcoming astronomical events, the next full lunar eclipse won't be until May 26th, 2021. That's a bit of a wait, so I'm glad that I got to see this one. If you missed it, just try to remember that the next one is coming up in about two years.

Stages of a lunar eclipse
Stages of a lunar eclipse | Source

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      Shawindi Silva 

      7 months ago from Sri lanka

      Cool !!

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