Missed the super wolf blood moon? Stunning photos, here

Katie Ramirez
January 22, 2019

NASA estimates there will be 85 total lunar eclipses this century.

Stargazers in parts of the United Kingdom under clear skies have been treated to the astronomical spectacle of a "super blood wolf moon". The moniker "Wolf Moon" was given to every January moon by Native Americans.

In the streets of Mexico City, Los Angeles and Paris and in the Moroccan desert, moon gazers turned to the sky to observe the phenomenon, around midnight in the Americas, and shortly before dawn in Europe and Africa. During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood, moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

Political commentator Rick Wilson joked that the eclipse could just as well be called the "Full Blood God Death Night Lord Wild Beast Moon".

The forecast for Donegal tonight is for a cool dry night with clear skies, so viewing should be good.

Not everyone was fortunate: in London, for example, astronomy enthusiasts hopes were dashed by a cloudy night.

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During a lunar eclipse, the Moon appears red because the light of the Sun no longer directly illuminates it, since Earth is passing in between the Moon and Sun.

Ireland is set to see the most impressive lunar eclipse tomorrow Monday 21 for the next 14 years and astronomers are even advising that people take a day off to see it.


The pictures were taken by Nigel Bainton, who braved the bitter cold in the early hours of the morning to photograph the spectacle from Lowestoft Harbour.

The last total lunar eclipse, which occurred in July, was visible only over parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Canada and the US won't have another chance to see this phenomenon again until May 2022.

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