Super Blood Wolf Moon treks through Sunday night sky

Published: Jan. 21, 2019 at 8:38 AM CST
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It's a bit of a mouthful for a sky full of feature-packed celestial alignments but if you missed it, here it is.

That's the Super Blood Wolf Moon super-mooning the earth Sunday night - the only total lunar eclipse this year replete with a supermoon bonus.

Here's the recipe. Start with one natural earth satellite, align it with said earth and the sun. You can only do this in January if you want to get that


designation into play. That's a reference to folklore regarding the midwinter howling of hungry wolves outside villages.

The eclipse was visible throughout North and South America where skies were clear.

It was also the year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.

The entire eclipse took more than three hours. Totality - when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow - lasted an hour. During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

In addition to the Americas, the show was also visible in parts of Europe.

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