Total lunar eclipse and rare super blood wolf moon bedazzles sky-gazers

Katie Ramirez
January 23, 2019

Photography enthusiast Darlene Everitt saw an opportunity to capture one of the most highly anticipated events in the skies in recent times as the super blood wolf moon wowed spectators across the country in the early hours of Monday morning.

The total lunar eclipse, which happens less than once per year on average, coincided at the same time as a supermoon, which occurs when the moon is full and closest to Earth in orbit.

And while the events alone aren't totally uncommon, when they are combined they make for a spectacular display.

A total lunar eclipse will take place on Monday morning and skies are predicted to be clear meaning it shouldn't be too hard to catch a glimpse of the cosmic phenomenon. The outer part of the cone-shaped shadow is called the penumbra.

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

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Clear skies Sunday night gave the Sunshine Coast a flawless view of the total lunar eclipse. At the peak of the spectacle, sunlight passed through Earth's atmosphere and lit the moon, making it appear to glow red. Wolf moon is a Native American name for the first full moon of the year.

A variety of factors affect the appearance of the moon during a total lunar eclipse.

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.

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

The blood moon was clearly visible in Northland and many people got to see it, while some photographed it and others took a chance to have some fun images taken.

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