Stargazers share images of the super blood wolf moon

Lunar De-Light! How to View 2019's Sole Total Eclipse of the Moon

A Super Wolf Blood Moon will light up the sky this weekend

Expect the eclipsed, or blood moon, to turn red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images A composite photo shows all the phases of the so-called Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse on Sunday January 20, 2019 in Panama City.

Stargazer Sandra Barber took this picture of the lunar eclipse from her front garden at about 4.50am.

The next total lunar eclipse will take place in May 26, 2021.

The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and some universities held public viewing events Sunday night, attracting lots of astronomy enthusiasts. It was closer to the Earth than usual, making it a "super moon".

The event was a combination of a blood moon and supermoon happening at the same time.

The eclipse was visible throughout North and South America where skies were clear. A Wolf Moon is the Native American name for the first full moon of the year.

When is the next lunar eclipse?

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also a supermoon. 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. The moon reached maximum eclipse at 9:12 p.m. and remained as such until 9:43 p.m.

Besides the Americas, the entire lunar extravaganza could be observed, weather permitting, all the way across the Atlantic to parts of Europe.

What is a lunar eclipse? "This is why we don't have a lunar eclipse every month".

And unlike solar eclipses, the lunar eclipse was safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars.

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