Lowestoft photographer's stunning 'super blood wolf moon' pictures

Gwen Vasquez
January 23, 2019

A composite of still images shows the stages of the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" lunar eclipse on the night of January 20, 2019.

A super blood wolf moon occurs when the Earth passes precisely between the Sun and the Moon.

According to Space.com, it was the first total lunar eclipse visible from the majority of the U.S.in 19 years, and the first such celestial event visible from North America in three years.

In this situation, the Sun is behind the Earth, and the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow.

Totality - when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow - will last an hour. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow.

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The national space agency also stated that lunar eclipses have since ancient times played an important role in understanding Earth and its motions in space.

Kerikeri astrophotographer Chris Pegman got a stunning image of the super blood moon overlooking Matauri Bay and the Cavalli Islands. Sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere lights the moon in a dramatic fashion, turning it red. In January, it's known as the "wolf moon", inspired by hungry wolves that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

NASA said that the total lunar eclipse started at 11.41 p.m EST on January 20, with the greatest eclipse occurring at 12.12 a.m EST on January 21. Each moon has its own name associated with the full moon.

We've only got a month before the next spasm of supermoon snapshots.

The Moon will be positioned high in the Western skies as seen from the entire country.

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