Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Total lunar eclipse woos sky watchers , Latest World News

A supermoon silhouettes the Castlepoint lighthouse GRANT SHEEHAN THE NIGHT WATCHERSA supermoon silhouettes the Castlepoint lighthouse
Cary Marshall | 23 January, 2019, 22:58

Durango-area residents were treated to a rare celestial event Sunday night known as a "super blood wolf moon" lunar eclipse.

A super blood wolf moon occurs when the Earth passes precisely between the Sun and the Moon. The next total lunar eclipse seen from Canadian soil will take place on May 16, 2022 where the east and central part of the country are favoured to see the entire eclipse.

The moon during the January 21, 2019 total lunar eclipse over the skyline of Frankfurt. Totality - when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow - lasted an hour.

Watchers in North and South America, elements of Europe and western Africa, who had been fortunate sufficient to have clear skies, noticed a complete lunar eclipse - however eastern Africa and Asia saw a partial eclipse.

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"That's because the dispersed light from all the Earth's sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of the moon at mid-eclipse". A supermoon is when the moon appears larger in size due to a close proximity with the Earth. When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, however, didn't disappear. Instead tribes gave each full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months. It was at its maximum at 12:12 p.m.

The next eclipse is only expected in 2021. The United States missed out on the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, which happened in July 2018.

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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