Published: Tue, January 22, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Miss the lunar eclipse overnight? Here it is in 60 seconds

Miss the lunar eclipse overnight? Here it is in 60 seconds

Hundreds of people came out late on Sunday night or early Monday morning to witness the event, capturing images of the super blood wolf moon and sharing it on Twitter.

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. February's full moon is traditionally known as the Snow Moon, so brace yourself for the #SuperSnowMoon hashtag.

A super blood wolf moon occurs when a blood moon and supermoon occur simultaneously and was best seen from the United Kingdom at around 5.10am - providing clouds did not obstruct the view.

A super blood wolf moon occurs when the Earth passes precisely between the Sun and the Moon.

It was called a supermoon because the eclipse happened at a point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to the Earth, which causes the moon to look slightly brighter and bigger than usual.

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

The lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019 before the moon is fully cast in shadow, hovering over the dome of the church St. Elisabeth in Nuremberg, Germany. A full moon occurs every 29.5 days when Earth is directly aligned between the sun and the moon.

There'll be a longer wait for the next total lunar eclipse: That comes more than two years from now, when the viewing opportunity is somewhat less convenient for North Americans.

The total part of the eclipse runs for just over an hour, from 4:41am to 5:43am tomorrow (Monday) morning. The next chance for a glimpse at a lunar eclipse will be in 2022, but the entire continent won't be able to see the totality of a lunar eclipse again until 2029.

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