Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the insanely cool lunar phenomena that happened earlier this week. It was a Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse! I know, it sounds kind of scary. It’s actually a very unique type of moon, and if you were lucky to catch a glimpse of it on Sunday night, you know we’re not lying!
First, let’s break down the meaning of this crazy name.
- A supermoon is when the full moon coincides with its closest approach to the earth in its orbit. The moon’s orbit around the earth is not a perfect circle, so there are points where it is nearer to earth than at other times. That point is called the perigee. By the way, some define a supermoon as also including new moons at perigee. By that definition, we get supermoons pretty frequently, as many as half a dozen a year.
- A blood moon gets its name from the orange-red, ‘blood-like’ shade it turns during a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse is when the earth passes between the sun and the moon. What we see as that strange reddish tint is really just the Earth’s shadow cast on the moon. Lunar eclipses happen frequently. Several times a year, in fact. What makes them special to you, of course, is that you don’t always get to see them. It depends on where you are on the globe at the time! Makes sense, right?
- A wolf moon may be the most simple part of all. All it is is the first full moon of the calendar year!
Now that you’re more informed of what the name means, and how amazing it is that all three of these things happened simultaneously during the night of an eclipse, let’s get to real reason why you’re here… To look at the most stunning photos and videos of the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse!
Photo Courtesy: We Love Weather member Mhislop21, Rochester, NH
— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) January 21, 2019
— #StormHour (@StormHour) January 22, 2019
— Arapahoe Basin (@Arapahoe_Basin) January 21, 2019
— Live Science (@LiveScience) January 21, 2019
This incredible composite image captured by Georgia Tech computer science major Dalton Touchberry captures the progression of last night's blood moon lunar eclipse over our campus in Midtown Atlanta. #LunarEclipse #BloodWolfMoon pic.twitter.com/CUbIwImt1V
— Georgia Tech (@GeorgiaTech) January 22, 2019
This amazing composite photo shows the Moon's path and Eclipse phases during the 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' event last night.
Photographer Dawid Glawdzin spent 3.5 hours on Southend beach in the freezing temperatures, taking more than 100 photographs to create this image. pic.twitter.com/xhKHmV8o81
— Your Southend (@YourSouthend) January 21, 2019
Do you have less than a minute of time? Then watch this time lapse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon pic.twitter.com/Wwr700jY9e
— Pattern (@Pattern) January 22, 2019
Photo Courtesy: We Love Weather member Krotondi, Glenfield NY
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