Published: Tue, January 22, 2019
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Total eclipse of the … moon! Send us your photos

Total eclipse of the … moon! Send us your photos

A supermoon is a full moon when it's at the point in its orbit when it's closest to the Earth.

The weekend's winter storm threatened to obscure Sunday night's lunar eclipse, but the clouds parted just long enough for Mainers still up in the wee hours to catch a glimpse of the super blood wolf moon.

While the supermoon and blood moon titles come from the brightness and reddish hue respectively, a full moon in January is sometimes called a "wolf" moon. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon dazzled those who could see it in the Americas and parts of Europe. You can only do this in January if you want to get that wolf designation into play.

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

And a blood moon is what happens with a lunar eclipse, the moon takes on a reddish/orangish tint.

The red moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon.

The lunar eclipse progresses behind the Monumento a la Carta Magna y Las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 21, 2019.

Since the penumbra is much fainter than the dark core of the Earth's shadow, the umbra, a penumbral eclipse of the Moon is often hard to tell apart from a normal Full Moon.

Stargazers in the United Kingdom had to make do with watching the event on a live stream.

The lunar eclipse began on January 20 at 9:36 p.m., but the best time to view it was starting around 10:34 p.m., when the first phase of the eclipse took place and the moon began to get dark.

Unlike a solar eclipse, eye protection is not required for viewing.

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