Interpreting the super blood moon

Interpreting the super blood moon

Interpreting the super blood moon

North and South America will see a penumbral eclipse on July 5, 2020, as will Europe and Africa.

Kerikeri astrophotographer Chris Pegman got a stunning image of the super blood moon overlooking Matauri Bay and the Cavalli Islands. The full moon was fully obscured before lighting up again with a faint red glow.

The so-called "super blood wolf moon" slips into Earth's dark umbral shadow during a total lunar eclipse behind the Tours's cathedral on January 21, 2019 in France.

This phenomenon is officially known as a total lunar eclipse.

The full Moon appeared bigger than normal because it was closer to the Earth - about 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometres) away - earning it the nickname "super Moon". The moniker "wolf moon" was given because it appeared in January, when hungry wolves would howl outside villages in days gone by.

Hundreds of people came out late on Sunday night or early Monday morning to witness the event, capturing images of the super blood wolf moon and sharing it on Twitter. A full moon occurs every 29.5 days when Earth is directly aligned between the sun and the moon.

The full moon did not disappear entirely during the eclipse, turning into a shade of red instead.

This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.

The moon during the January 21, 2019 total lunar eclipse over the skyline of Frankfurt.

Unlike solar eclipses, which require special glasses to view and can be seen only for a few minutes in a very limited area, a total lunar eclipse can be seen for about an hour by anyone on the night-time side of earth - as long as skies are clear, NASA said.

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