Total lunar eclipse woos sky watchers

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A composite of still images shows the stages of the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" lunar eclipse on the night of January 20, 2019. "A lunar eclipse can only happen during a full moon, when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun".

Those who stood outside got a spectacular view as this full moon was also a supermoon, the first of three straight supermoons that will grace our sky this year. The penumbra was the partial outer shadow, and the umbra was the full, dark shadow.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse passes over One World Trade Center on January 20, 2019 in New York City.

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CNN's George Engels shared images of the lunar eclipse taken by his father William on an iPhone between 2.25 and 2.40 am from La Carolina, 12 miles west of Maldonado, Uruguay.

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.

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

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"In ancient Greece, Aristotle noted that the shadows on the Moon during lunar eclipses were round, regardless of where an observer saw them", said NASA. Other monikers include a "Wolf Moon", a traditional way of coining an eclipse in the month of January, and a "Blood Moon" because of its rusty, red colour. In Seattle, you'll want to set your alarm clock for 4:11 a.m. on May 26, 2021, to catch 14 minutes of totality. Lunar eclipse parties were cancelled elsewhere due to a flash freeze across central and north-eastern United States.

The last super blood moon was visible in Arkansans, Sept. 27, 2015.

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